After The Cup: Sons Of Sakhnin United
After The Cup: Sons Of Sakhnin United (2010)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 21, 2010
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Nick Schager
L.A. Weekly

A cautionary rejoinder to typical sports-movie uplift, elucidating how athletics remain a dangerously precarious foundation upon which to construct lasting peace.

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Sam Adams
AV Club

There's a great story to be told here, but After The Cup feels more like an outline than a finished draft.

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Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine

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?

Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Andrew Schenker
Time Out

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.

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Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic

Browne has effectively distilled the events of Sahknin's 2005 season into a lively and entertaining 80-minute feature.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

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.

Nick Schager
Village Voice

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.

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Nora Lee Mandel

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.

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