In 2022, Qatar will host the biggest sporting event in the world, the FIFA World Cup. But right now, however, far from the spotlights focused on star players, the tournament facilities are being built by 1.6 million migrant workers living in Qatar. The Workers Cup is a feature-length documentary that gives a voice to the men who are working to build the World Cup. 60% of Qatar’s population are foreign workers from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Philippines and increasingly from Africa. These men are working extremely long hours for very low wages and living isolated in labour camps which, by law, are outside the city limits. The Cup will be hosted in the richest country in the world. But it will rest on the shoulders of some of the poorest people. With unprecedented access, The Workers Cup unfolds largely inside a labour camp in Qatar. The workers who appear in the film acknowledge that they feel like they are in a prison. Hidden between a motorway and a remote stretch of desert, the Umm Salal camp is intentionally out of sight and out of mind. So are the 4000 men who live there. The documentary focuses on a group of men in the camp who have been chosen to compete in a tournament for the workers. The Workers Cup. The tournament is sponsored by the same committee which is organising the 2022 World Cup and 24 construction companies have been invited to field a team of workers. Over the course of the tournament, the documentary follows various workers who alternate between two startling extremes: heroes on the pitch, but almost pariahs off it.

  • Director:
    Adam Sobel
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    88 minutes