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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

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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.

June 7, 2010 Full Review Source: 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.

May 27, 2010 Full Review Source: 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.

May 21, 2010 Full Review Source: 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.

May 20, 2010 Full Review Source: 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.

May 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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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.

May 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Thus the central notion in After the Cup is not the obvious; we can all live and work together to our greater achievement no matter where we are from or who we are. Rather, the question here is-will we-even when we lose the football game?

May 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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Browne has effectively distilled the events of Sahknin's 2005 season into a lively and entertaining 80-minute feature.

May 21, 2010 Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic
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Captures a stressful roller coaster ride during an emotional year where politics brings the usual passions and pressures of partisan soccer fans into even sharper relief.

May 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
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A mostly captivating documentary that will appeal to avid soccer fans, but it could have used more insightful and provocative interviews with sharper questions about such an politically integral soccer team.

May 20, 2010 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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A unique look at the conflict in the Middle East by putting it in the context of a competitive sports doc.

May 18, 2010 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
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Centuries-old rivalries die hard...and the very thing that unites can also divide.

May 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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An action-filled, emotional documentary that expresses hope that a divided people can be united through sports.

May 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Compuserve
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