Qatar’s untold story to be shown in Auckland
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.
Editor Lauren Wellbrock says the film is an honest look into an untold story.