Qatar’s un­told story to be shown in Auck­land

Auckland City Harbour News - - SITUATIONS VACANT - LAINE MOGER

Hid­den among Qatar’s bil­lion­aire busi­ness­men is a group of un­skilled labour­ers the world doesn’t know about. Now a Kiwi film-maker is telling their story.

Be­fore a mass of ador­ing fans can en­joy the FIFA World Cup in 2022, the foun­da­tions of the sta­dium must be built.

In Qatar, this in­volves a group of un­skilled im­mi­grant work­ers, who strug­gle to com­plete back­break­ing labour in poverty and poor con­di­tions.

Us­ing the guise of a foot­ball tour­na­ment, the strug­gles and the per­sonal bi­ogra­phies of a group of these men are be­ing told in a new doc­u­men­tary The Work­ers Cup.

Editor Lau­ren Well­brock will be at­tend­ing the New Zealand pre­mier at Doc Edge In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, which is hosted by Auck­land’s Q Theatre, from May 24 till June 5.

Well­brock is a for­mer Al Jazeera editor and has re­cently re­turned home to Auck­land’s North Shore, after a decade of trav­el­ling over­seas.

‘‘The film tells the story of a very closed-off and se­cre­tive part of the world,’’ Well­brock said. ‘‘One which was hard to film or in­ves­ti­gate.’’

Well­brock worked closely with the di­rec­tor, in both Qatar and Europe, to weld the 90-minute doc­u­men­tary out of hun­dreds of hours of shot footage.

‘‘There was no script, no plan,’’ she said.

LAINE MOGER/FAIRFAX NZ

Editor Lau­ren Well­brock says the film is an hon­est look into an un­told story.

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