Between March 7 and March 16, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival will take place across several London venues. It will feature full-length documentaries never before screened in the UK, which touch on live human rights issues around the world – from Venezuela to the DRC, from France to Pakistan via Gaza.
Look out in particular for the documentary The Workers’ Cup: set in a migrant worker camp on the periphery of Doha, Qatar, the film provides a rare glimpse into a highly regimented world where human lives are reduced to pure economic function. From the Qatari authorities’ standpoint, poor migrants have no other value than as labourers for a city permanently under construction; as a result they have no freedom to do anything but work.
The film follows working men from Africa and Asia, some of whom ended up in Qatar through deception, as they snatch an opportunity to express their skills, ambitions and camaraderie in a different way.
Film details and tickets for the Human Rights Watch film festival are available via their website.