In an interview with the German newspaper Zeit-Online, the American director Adam Sobel tells of his new film “Workers Cup“. Sobel, who himself lived in Qatar for five years, accompanied young guest workers in Qatar. He talked to them about their living conditions and personal stories. The film is knitted along a football tournament for these guest workers.
Sobel’s film seems to have a differentiated and courageous view on the gridlocked discussion about the living conditions of guest workers: Therefore, he spoke to those who are mostly judged from the outside and caught their personal point of view.
“It’s just not black or white. Many workers are very proud, they are also proud to work, they feel useful, they probably would not find a job at home. They would never tell their family or friends at home, how badly they are doing in Qatar, because they are proud to be able to send money home.
Last week the film celebrated its German premiere at the Hofer Filmtage.