Film Screening

The Worker’s Cup, Première


Through the power of football and film, this documentary gives a voice to some of the African and Asian migrant workers building the infrastructure for the largest sporting event on the planet while competing in a football tournament of their own. With unprecedented access, this film unfolds primarily inside a Qatari labor camp that the migrant workers we meet say feels like a prison. Hidden between a highway and a 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 film explores universal themes of ambition, aspiration, and masculinity. The complicated relationship we all share with sport is revealed—it has the power to unite and divide. The Worker’s Cup is a film that promotes empathy for migrant workers, not just in Qatar but worldwide.

  • Venue accessibility

    • Simultaneous translation

      Simultaneous translation (Arabic/English) is provided for all programs.

    • Wheelchair accessibility

      The Projection Theatre is fully wheelchair accessible and features multiple wheelchair spaces with unobstructed views of the stage and screen.

    • Sign Language interpretation

      Sign Language interpretation (ASL and ArSL) may be requested for talks, discussions, lectures and tours. Please contact the museum well in advance of the program to discuss this service. You are welcome to bring an interpreter with you—please let us know ahead of time and we will ensure that appropriate seating is reserved. A program ticket does not need to be purchased for an interpreter providing prior notification of their attendance at a specific program is provided to the museum.

    • Wifi

      Free wifi access is available in the building. On your mobile device, with wifi switched on, select Guest-NUQ-Majlis from the available services and accept the terms of service to connect.

  • Program credits

    Adam Sobel

    Adam Sobel is a writer and filmmaker based in Chicago after spending five years in Doha, Qatar. He's produced and directed projects in 15 countries, working across cultures and continents to tell character-driven stories rich with intimacy, dignity and humor. In 2013, Adam served as an advisor for Northwestern Qatar's film grant program. He mentored students whose films have gone on to show at festivals worldwide, on Al Jazeera, and have been nominated for the Student Academy Awards.