The Workers Cup: Documentary film screening and directors’ Q&A
6:30pm - 8:30pm
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 Garthwhaite.
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.
Adam Sobel is a filmmaker who has produced television and journalism around the Middle East for outlets including The Guardian, CNN, and ITN. In 2013, Adam directed a series on Mount Everest following the first woman from Saudi Arabia to reach the top. Sport’s role in society is key to Adam’s work, and The Workers Cup is his feature-film debut.
Rosie Garthwhaite is the Executive Producer of Mediadante. In 2015, the Emmy-award winning Escaping ISIS she developed for Channel 4 was referenced by the UK Prime Minister. In 2014, she executive produced a CINE Golden Eagle series following the first Saudi woman up Everest. She is the author of the award-winning book How to Avoid Being Killed in a War Zone.