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Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022

Episode 7 | Anne and Adam Sobel | Migrant Labor and the Qatar 2022 World Cup | January 2021


Anne Sobel is a writer and producer who delights in telling stories about women where they don’t belong. Her graphic novel series, Isra’ & the Black Moon Pearl, is a superhero saga steeped in the untold history of women in the Arabian Gulf. Anne is the Producer of Represent, a feature-length documentary about three first-time female political candidates taking on entrenched political systems in the American midwest. Co-produced by Kartemquin Films, Represent has been acquired by Independent Lens on PBS for an October 2020 premiere. Anne is the Associate Producer of The Workers Cup, an Emmy-nominated feature-length documentary that premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Anne is also an educator who was a film professor at Northwestern University in Qatar from 2010-2016.

Adam Sobel is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and writer who has worked extensively in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, as well as in Chicago, which now serves as his home base. Adam is the director of The Workers Cup, Mediadante's feature-length documentary about a football tournament for migrant workers building the 2022 World Cup infrastructure in Qatar. The film premiered on Opening Night of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, has been distributed on TV and theatrically in more than 40 countries, and has been nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy Award as well as a Critics Choice award. Recently, Adam has directed and produced documentaries with the Chicago Cubs, including an interactive documentary about baseball’s most beloved losers, and multiple short-form series. His work with the Cubs has been nominated for the Clio and Webby awards. Adam lived in Qatar for 5 years, creating news, documentary, and fiction that appeared on PBS, BBC, ITN, CNN, The Guardian, and HBO. In 2014, he directed On the Top, a documentary series that followed the first man from Qatar and the first woman from Saudi Arabia to climb Mt. Everest. The series won a CINE Golden Eagle for Outstanding International Documentary Series. Along with Anne Sobel, his wife and writing partner, Adam has co-written Isra’ & the Black Moon Pearl, a graphic novel series about a 15-year old Khaleeji girl destined to save womankind from an evil fortune teller.


Episode 7

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