THE WORKERS CUP
UK 2017 • 54', 89' • Adam Sobel
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.
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.
„You’ll see it, and you’ll feel it.“
„an all too rare documentary about Qatar“
„a standout in nonfiction filmmaking“
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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.