The Workers Cup is a close and personal look inside Qatar͛s labour camps, where the World Cup is being built on the backs of a million-plus migrant workers. The film follows a team of labourers living a real-life version of fantasy football. By day they sweat to build the World Cup; while by night they compete in a ͚workers welfare football 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 love for football. Each match offers a momentary escape from the homesickness and isolation they struggle with as the lowest class in the world’s richest country. Even as pawns in the World Cup’s marketing game, they can’t help but lose themselves in the purity of football.
Adam Sobel is a writer and filmmaker who has been living in Qatar for the past five 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.