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The result is a fascinating, and no doubt officially sanctioned, glimpse inside the enormous machinery that makes a World Cup happen.
A documentary with a defeated spirit, but with fleeting glimmers about why the oppressed keep playing.
Not an exposé, and hardly a case of sports-as-uplift, "The Workers Cup" feels like a toe dip when the topic calls for at least a deep wade.
Sure, it's possible that this...missed a few opportunities to make a point. Yet it's just as likely that this director is letting you reach your own tough conclusions.
If we choose to pursue these ideas further, we may find ourselves questioning how our allegiance to the adrenal thrills of sports can help hide darker truths about the companies, countries, and organizations we throw our allegiance behind.
It's the kind of piece that could have cut much of its soccer footage and might have worked better as a short.
The clean and sharp simplicity with which Sobel presents such an insidious situation is what gives "The Workers Cup" much of its considerable power, disarming audiences with its personable subjects and casual displays of the daily indignities they face.
It's a game they are playing to win with passion and heart despite the odds. It's that passion and resilience which center this resonating film.
There are a lot of moments in the film that brought me to the brink of tears.
The highlights of The Workers Cup are the moments in which workers think about their situation and environment. [Full review in Spanish]
I cannot fathom how one could see how migrant workers are being treated and still feel fine with watching the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The Workers Cup ensures that you'll never glory in watching your team lift the trophy in the same way ever again.
It doesn't cut deep enough emotionally nor does it make you enraged or captivated like it should have given the subject matter.
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