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The Workers Cup

Adam Sobel 2017

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 controversial construction site. African and Asian migrant workers train to compete in a football tournament of their own: The Workers Cup.


  • SLUG Magazin
    "Even though The Workers Cup offers a bleak perspective about one of the world’s most celebrated "events, we see “unity in diversity” in these men. We see their drive to realize their dreams in spite of an undesirable context. We watch them as football players. You’ll see it, and you’ll feel it."
  • The Guardian
    "The Workers Cup fills a welcome niche in being an all too rare documentary about Qatar, with the added bonus of featuring charismatic characters spanning the world. It’s also a very successful film about modern day slavery which avoids pitying or patronising its subjects."
  • Screen Daily
    "A riveting underdog tale"

Festival Participation

  • Sundance FF - 2017
  • Vilnius International Film Festival - 2017
  • CPH:DOX Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival - 2017
    Best Documentary
  • Beirut Cinema Days (Ayam Beirut al Cinema'iya) - 2017
  • it's all true IDF - 2017

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