Screening and Discussion: THE WORKERS CUP (2017): Block Museum - Northwestern University
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Screening and Discussion: THE WORKERS CUP (2017)

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Image credit: THE WORKERS CUP (2017)
7 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Thu November 17, 2022
7 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public



Film Screening and Discussion with the Director

The Workers Cup

November 17, 7 PM


Professors Laura Brueck and Ivy Wilson, co-directors of the Race, Class, and Colorism Project, host a screening of THE WORKERS CUP, followed by a discussion with director Adam Sobel.

Adam Sobel is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker who has made TV and journalism for The Guardian, BBC, CNN, and others. He's the co-creator and co-writer of The Exchange, a new Netflix Original drama series premiering in early 2023. Sobel lived in Doha, Qatar from 2011-2016 before relocating to Chicago. While in Doha, he served as an industry advisor to Northwestern University in Qatar students.

The Workers Cup, Sobel's debut feature film, premiered on Opening Night of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. It was distributed theatrically and on TV in more than 40 countries and was nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy and Critics Choice award.

The film goes inside the labor camps of Qatar, where African and Asian migrant workers building the facilities of the 2022 World Cup competed in a football tournament of their own: The Workers Cup.

The Workers Cup is a feature-length documentary giving voice to the men who have labored to build sport’s greatest stage. Sixty percent of Qatar’s total population are laborers. From India, Nepal, Bangladesh, the Philippines, and, increasingly from 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.

Ultimately, our own complicated relationship with sport is revealed, as we see its power to unite and divide society by turns.

Presented by the Race, Caste, and Colorism Project and the Office of the Provost at Northwestern University


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