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WORKERS CUP, THE

When FIFA selected Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup, the petroleum-rich country used its vast wealth to begin constructing state-of-the-art stadiums and facilities utilizing 1.6 million 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. Through an empathetic lens, Adam Sobel showcases the collective willpower and humanity of men who refuse to allow trying circumstances to sink their one shot at winning a tournament in the very stadiums they've sacrificed so much to construct. (Note adapted from Sundance Film Festival.) DIR/SCR Adam Sobel; PROD Rosie Garthwaite, Ramzy Haddad. UK, 2017, color, 92 min. In English, Nepali, Malayalam, Twi, Ga, Hindi and Arabic with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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92 Minutes
Documentary - sports
Wednesday, May 30, 2018