Episode 1101: The Worker’s Cup, Qatar 2022, The Western Media
The Worker’s Cup was a football tournament for employees of many of the big contracting firms working on World Cup infrastructure in Qatar.
The tournament has a cynical purpose – to generate positive images of workers having fun to help recruitment firms entice new workers from Africa and South Asia to Qatar – and yet something beautiful emerges.
We speak to the movie’s producer, Rosie Garthwaite. How did the makers of the documentary get the access to show so many scenes that Qatari authorities would rather we did not see? How do workers deal day to day with the hardship and dreariness of life in the labour camps? And what is hypocritical about much of the Western media commentary on what is happening in Qatar?
The Workers Cup will be screened this month at The London Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Screenings take place at Regent Street Cinema on March 13th at 9pm, and at the Barbican on March 14th at 8:40pm. The filmmakers plan a general online release around the time of the 2018 World Cup.
Plus there’s Alvaro Morata elf warrior, Terry Butcher, and The De Bruyne Rule.
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