The Workers Cup
Director: Adam Sobel
Running Time: 89′
Adam Sobel’s powerful debut takes a candid look inside Qatar’s labour camps, where the World Cup is being built on the backs of over a million migrant workers. By following closely a group of workers from Nepal, India, Ghana, and Kenya who form a team to compete in a football tournament for the stadium construction workers, Sobel sheds light into the slavery-like conditions in which the employees live and work. Each match they play presents a fleeting opportunity to escape from the harsh reality of homesickness, crashed dreams, and isolation. A humane, touching, and essential documentary that celebrates the strength, courage, and passion of the men who are constructing the 2022 World Cup stadiums, and exposes those who are exploiting them.
Followed by a panel discussion featuring Fabien Goa (Refugee & Migrants’ Rights Team, Amnesty International), William Rook (Manager for the Mega-Sporting Events programme at the Institute for Human Rights and Business), and producers Rosie Garthwaite and Ramzy Haddad.