Workers Cup

Nominee
Grand Jury Prize ~ World Cinema: Documentary
Sundance Film Festival
A brave and engrossing look at the 2015 football tournament from the perspective of the stadium construction workers.

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The Workers Cup

THE WORKERS CUP is set inside the labor camps of Qatar, where the 2022 World Cup is being built on the backs of 1.6 million migrant workers. The film follows a team of laborers living a real-life version of fantasy football -- a dark fantasy. By day they sweat in perilous conditions to build the venues for World Cup; by night they compete in a “workers welfare” soccer tournament, playing in the same stadiums that will one day host the world’s greatest players. We join one team of men from Nepal, India, Ghana, and Kenya whose only common ground is their love for soccer and their desires to earn better lives. Each match offers them a momentary escape from the homesickness and isolation they endure as the lowest class in the world’s richest country.
Genre
Documentary, Sport, Justice
Runtime
89
Language
English
Director
Adam Sobel
Awards:
Nominee, Grand Jury Prize ~ World Cinema: Documentary, Sundance Film Festival
FEATURED REVIEW
Sarah Ward, Screen International

At the heart of 'The Workers Cup' sits a truth that might otherwise have remained hidden to even the most avid soccer fans around the world. When the sport’s top competitors descend upon Qatar’s gleaming stadiums in five years time, they’ll be following in the footsteps of migrant workers from ...

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