The Workers Cup

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When FIFA selected Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup, the petroleum-rich country used its vast and wealthy resources to begin constructing state-of-the-art stadiums and facilities utilizing millions of migrant workers. The Workers Cup follows a group of these men-from India, Kenya, Nepal, and Ghana-who, stuck in isolated camps, working arduous hours for unlivable wages, eagerly escape into a corporate-sponsored "workers welfare" soccer tournament of their own. While the tournament amounts to little more than a marketing ploy for those at the top, the laborers embrace the rare opportunity to let loose, compete, and prove themselves bona fide soccer champions. Adam Sobel's stirring and keenly observed documentary juxtaposes the freshly installed stadiums where the workers compete with the squalid and cramped corridors they return to at night. With an empathetic lens, Sobel showcases the collective willpower and humanity of men who refuse to allow trying circumstances sink their one shot at winning a tournament in the very stadiums the workers of Qatar sacrificed so much to construct.

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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.

    Jul 6, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A documentary with a defeated spirit, but with fleeting glimmers about why the oppressed keep playing.

    Jun 8, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 7, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 7, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 5, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It's the kind of piece that could have cut much of its soccer footage and might have worked better as a short.

    Jan 26, 2017 | Full Review…

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