August 14, 2018 maHp News, screening 0 Comments

Screening of The Workers Cup film documentary

The Migration and Health Project (maHp) of the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS), at the University of the Witwatersrand invites you to the screening of  The Workers Cup: Inside The Labor Camps of Qatar A Tournament for Workers.

Description: 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 giving voice to the men who are labouring to build sport’s grandest stage.

Sixty percent of Qatar’s total population are labourers from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, the Philippines, and increasingly from Africa. With unprecedented access, this film unfolds largely inside a Qatari labour camp that the migrant workers say feels like a prison.

The film focuses on a select group in the camp who have been chosen to compete in a football tournament for labourers: The Workers Cup. The tournament is being sponsored by the same committee organising the 2022 World Cup, and 24 construction companies have been invited to field a team of workers. Over the course of the tournament the film follows the men as they alternate between two startling extremes: they play heroes on the football pitch, but are the lowest members of society.

Date  :     Friday, 24 August 2018

Time  :    10h45 – 13h00

Venue:    ACMS Seminar Room 2163, South East Wing, Second Floor, Solomon Mahlangu House, Braamfontein East Campus University of the Witwatersrand  [see map here]

Programme: The screening will be followed by a discussion with one of the producers of the documentary Ramzy Haddad, which will be facilitated by Professor Joel Quirk who is the head of the Department of Political Studies at Wits.

RSVP :    Email Roshan Dadoo at by 20 August.