University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Events
When: Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018, 7:30PM - 10:00PM
Woodland Theater, Davies Center

In 2022, Qatar will host the biggest sporting event in the world, the FIFA World Cup. But right now, far away from the bright lights, star athletes and adoring fans, the tournament is being built on the backs of 1.6 million migrant workers. The Workers Cup is a feature-length documentary directed by Adam Sobel and produced by Rosie Garthwaite giving voice to the
men who are laboring to build sport’s grandest stage. Sixty percent of Qatar’s total population are laborers. From India, Nepal, Bangladesh, the Philippines, and, increasingly from throughout Africa, some of the world’s poorest people are working the lowest level jobs to ensure the World Cup can be hosted in the world’s richest country.

With unprecedented access, The Workers Cup unfolds largely inside a Qatari labor camp that the migrant workers we meet say feels like a prison. Hidden between a highway and remote stretch of desert, the Umm Salal Camp is intentionally out of
sight and out of mind. So are the 4000 men who live there. The Workers Cup focuses on a select group in the camp who have been chosen to compete in a football tournament for laborers: ‘The Workers Cup’. The tournament is being sponsored by the same committee organizing the 2022 World Cup and 24 construction companies have been invited to field a team of workers.Sponsored by United Faculty and Academic Staff of UW-Eau Claire, AFT Local 6481; The UW-Eau Claire Departments of English and Sociology and UW-Eau Claire Students Organizing for Community Action. All screenings will take place Wednesday evenings in Woodland Theater on the Campus of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Starting at 7:30 pm. Admission is free of charge. Discussion will follow screenings.

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Woodland Theater, Davies Center