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After The Cup: Sons Of Sakhnin United (2010)



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To be certain, there are few early 21st century social challenges as daunting as living as an Arab in the predominantly Jewish nation of Israel. But such is the situation that around 1.4 million Israeli citizens of Arabic ethnic origin are facing -- continually struggling to maintain their cultural identities despite pressure to conform or blend in. One area in which cultural assertion continues to take place is on the soccer field; Israelis are overwhelmingly passionate about the game, and it's a noteworthy fact that an Arabic league called Bnei Sakhnin (also known as the Sons of Sakhnin United) won the prestigious Israeli Cup in 2004. This victory -- even more than the existence of the team per se -- soon came to represent a potential bridge of peace between Hebrew and Palestinian cultures. As directed by Christopher Browne, the documentary After the Cup: Sons of Sakhnin United observes the Sakhnin team in the season immediately following the pivotal win, amid the realization that this season may be their final one in the public spotlight. Yet the team hardly goes through the season without obstacles: they must grapple with a dearth of funding, vast inexperience, conflict building between the coach and star player, and the sudden onslaught of pressure to transcend overwhelming public expectations. Browne observes the team and its members on the most intimate of levels and spares no detail or insight.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Sports & Fitness, Special Interest
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A cautionary rejoinder to typical sports-movie uplift, elucidating how athletics remain a dangerously precarious foundation upon which to construct lasting peace.

Full Review… | June 7, 2010
L.A. Weekly
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The soccer footage, although not the centerpiece one might expect, provides a vivid sense of the game's ardent, sometimes inflammatory fans and its significant place within the Israeli zeitgeist.

Full Review… | May 27, 2010
Los Angeles Times
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Never forgetting the rush of the game, the directors regularly serve up fleet footage of the teamâ(TM)s highs and lows, allowing the rhythms of the field to set the filmâ(TM)s volatile beat.

Full Review… | May 21, 2010
New York Times
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There's a great story to be told here, but After The Cup feels more like an outline than a finished draft.

Full Review… | May 20, 2010
AV Club
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Establishes the difficulty of burdening one team to serve as a national symbol of reconciliation -- and how hard it is to break free from triumph-of-the-underdog clichés with even the best of intentions.

Full Review… | May 19, 2010
Time Out
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Christopher Browne's sturdy documentary... shows not simply the ability of sports triumph to inspire national unity, but also the far more difficult act of sustaining such hope once the afterglow of winning has faded.

Full Review… | May 18, 2010
Village Voice
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