Our award-winning film “Champ of the Camp” continues to spark dialogue about the critical issue of labor camps in the Arabian Gulf region.
On April 24, the film will be screened in Hong Kong in “Afterwork,” a major group exhibition exploring issues of class, race, labour, and migration in Hong Kong, its surrounding region, and beyond. Afterwork is part of Para Site’s ongoing Hong Kong’s Migrant Domestic Workers Project, a long-term initiative aimed at engaging the domestic worker community through collaboratively organised public programmes and commissioned artist research. “Champ of the Camp” was programmed in this exhibition by Taiwanese film critic Austin Hsu.
Also in April, the film will be screened for free in the labor camps of Dubai Investments.
“Champ of the Camp” is the first feature-length creative documentary documentary shot in the labor camps of the United Arab Emirates. It follows a massive Bollywood singing and trivia competition among thousands of laborers, and puts a face to this vast and isolated population of men who come to build the dream cities of the Arab world while supporting their societies and economies back home in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.