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After The Cup: Sons Of Sakhnin United (2010)

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Amid the centuries-old rabble and strife that continue to tear the Middle East asunder, documentarian Christopher Browne's film Sons of Sakhnin United uncovers a unique ray of hope. Browne journeys to the small northern Israeli town of Sakhnin, camera-in-tow, to document the astonishing sociocultural impact of the B'nei Sakhnin soccer team - a team comprised of both Arabic and Israeli players who have managed to establish a lasting truce via peaceful co-existence on the sports field. The strategy not only creates effective teamwork among the individual players, but has propelled them to the reception of the Israeli State Cup. Given the team's position as a tiny oasis in a bellicose and blood-soaked region of the world, Browne's film asks the key question of how this phenomenon can occur and sustain itself within the Middle East; it also observes from the sidelines as the B'nei Sakhnin fight to retain their title.
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Documentary , Special Interest , Sports & Fitness
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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7)

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.

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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Excellent human element to the film - an examination of personalities in a volatile region during a volatile time - if not too deeply political (as strange as it may seem - it doesn't delve TOO DEEPLY into the Israeli / Arab politics, though it is always there as the elephant in the room) it's a good watch and shows the passion of sports and politics intersecting.

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