University of Bath

The Workers Cup: Documentary film screening and directors’ Q&A

This award-winning film follows a group of migrant workers in the labour camps of Qatar, where the FIFA World Cup will be held in 2022.

29 Nov 20186.30pm
29 Nov 20188.30pm
Man holding a football with a construction site in the background
Inside the labour camps of Qatar, migrant workers building the facilities of the 2022 World Cup compete in football tournament of their own

The University of Bath is hosting a screening of The Workers Cup, an award-winning documentary film set inside the migrant labour camps of Qatar, where the FIFA World Cup will be held in 2022.

The screening, which is funded by an Innovation in Learning and Teaching Award from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, will be followed by a student-led Q&A session with Director Adam Sobel and Producer Rosie Garthwaite.

Through unprecedented access to a Qatari labour camp, this character-driven documentary follows a group of migrant workers from Nepal, India, Ghana and Kenya who are labouring to build the stadia that will soon be graced by the star athletes of the so-called ‘global game’.

It follows the harsh realities of their lives as they work exceedingly long hours for scant salaries, living in isolated labour camps which are by law kept outside city limits. But after the launch of a ‘workers welfare’ football tournament, they are invited to play together in the same stadia that they labour to build each day.

Offering a complex window onto the lives of migrant workers as they endure as the lowest class in the world’s richest country, the film explores themes of hope, masculinity, migration and inequality, reminding us of how sport, in all of its agony and ecstasy, can serve to unite and divide society in equal measure.