THE WORKERS CUP

UK 2017 • 54', 89' • Adam Sobel
current affairs

Synopsis

The Workers Cup is a personal look inside Qatar’s labour camps, where the FIFA World Cup 2022 is being built on the backs of a million-plus migrant workers. For the first time ever a film team gained access to the most controversial construction site and gives voice to the workers following their enthusiastic preparation for their own soccer cup. Producer Rosie recently won an Emmy for Best International Current Affairs Documentary 2016 for Escape from Isis.

Quotes

The Workers Cup pulls off the impressive feat of having everything to do with football while having nothing to do with football. It should be required viewing for anyone with even the most passing interest in what is a beautiful but increasingly ugly game.
The Guardian
„riveting“
Screen Daily
„You’ll see it, and you’ll feel it.“
SLUG Magazine
„an all too rare documentary about Qatar“
The Guardian
„a standout in nonfiction filmmaking“
Cinemagy

Awards

Best Documentary @ Hawaii European Cinema

Trailer




www.theworkerscupfilm.com

Credits

Director
Adam Sobel
Producer
Rosie Garthwaite, Ramzy Haddad
Executive Producer
Paul Miller, Dennis Paul
Production Company
The Workers Cup Ltd.
Co-Production Company
Mediadante
Cinematographer
Nazim Aggoune, Joe Saadeh
Editor
Lauren Wellbrock, Anne Jünemann
Music
Nathan Halpern
Sound
Company: Another Country

Festivals

Sundance
DOCS AGAINST GRAVITY FF
Vilnius International Film Festival
CPH:DOX Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival
HAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Beirut Cinema Days (Ayam Beirut al Cinema'iya)
it's all true IDF
Sheffield doc/fest
Vilnius International Film Festival
Film Festival Diritti Umani Lugano
Zürich FF
Palm Springs IFF
Sydney FF
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Director

Adam Sobel is a writer and filmmaker who has been living in Qatar for the past 5 years. He has a particular interest in the interplay between sports and society. In 2013, he lived at Mt. Everest base camp for two months directing a documentary series following the first woman from Saudi Arabia to stand on top of the world. The series won a 2014 CINE Golden Eagle. Since 2013, Adam has served an advisor for Northwestern University in Qatar's film grant program. Under Adam's mentorship, his students' films have played at festivals around the world, on Al Jazeera, and have been nominated for the Student Academy Awards.