The Workers Cup

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Ticket Prices
General Public:$14.00
Members:$11.00
Student w/ID (Box Office Only):$8.00
Youth (25 & Under):$8.00
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:World Cinema
Spotlight: Chasms and Bridges
Documentary
Spotlight Competition Award
Tags:Sports
Documentary
Human Rights
Voice Category:Take Me Away
Release Year:2017
Runtime:92 min
Country/Region:UK
Language:English
Nepali
Malayalam
Twi
Ga
Hindi
Arabic
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Autlook
Trailer:https://vimeo.com/218488667
Cast/Crew
Director:Adam Sobel
Co-Director:Adam Sobel
Producer:Ramzy Haddad
Rosie Garthwaite
Cinematographer:Nazim Aggoune
Joe Saade
Editor:Lauren Wellbrock
Anne JÜNEMANN
Adam Sobel
Composer:Nathan Halpern

Description

Adam Sobel’s documentary The Workers Cup is the kind of feature that cannot be ignored. With the 2022 FIFA World Cup on the horizon, Qatar’s migrant population exploded with over 4000 Asian and African workers living in labor camps. Their jobs are strenuous and low paying, and the camp itself is akin to a prison. Keeping the 2022 Cup in the background, the film instead focuses on the workers’ own football tournament. Made up of workers from the 24 construction companies working in Qatar, the football players are stars when they hit the field, but find themselves on the lowest rung of the ladder otherwise.

A look inside modern oppression, Sobel’s film makes it a point to highlight each player’s personal struggle within a suffocating and destructive environment. What becomes clear from their stories is that the path toward a global “celebration” may be anything but.

Director Biography

Adam Sobel Arkansas-born filmmaker Adam Sobel spent five years abroad in Qatar, a period that inspired his feature-film debut, The Workers Cup. Prior to the film’s release, Sobel has worked on projects for CNN, ITN and The Guardian.



Press

"The Workers Cup relates a riveting underdog tale about a quest for glory, while simultaneously probing the reality faced by the poorest people in the world's wealthiest country." - Screen Daily

 


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