Champ of the Camp

Date: 9/04/2014 - 9/04/2014
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Organizer: The Royal Film Commission
Location: The Rainbow Theater - Jebel Amman- 1st Circle
Entry: Free   

Mahmoud Kaabour, 75 min, Documentary, English/ Hindi/ Urdu/ Bengali and Bhojpuri with English and Arabic subtitles, UAE/ Lebanon and Qatar, 2013

“Champ of the Camp” is the first ever feature-length Documentary filmed in the controversial labor camps of the United Arab Emirates. Narrated and sung entirely in the voices of the laborers, the film follows a massive Bollywood singing and trivia competition, that takes place each summer in Dubai, searching across more than 70 camps throughout the country to find and crown the champ of all camps.


The film chronicles the stories of characters such as Dhattu, a middle-aged Indian sweeper who is saving up for his daughters' marriages while singing Amitabh Bachchan songs every day; Adnan, a Pakistani who excels in the Bollywood repertoire and is proud of his work on the world’s tallest tower,  and Bangladeshi Shofi, an illegal resident of the UAE whose breathtaking voice earns him multiple rounds of victory in the competition.


Their stories typify the lives of millions of Asian laborers across the Gulf, painting a complete portrait of 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.


The film’s World Premiere was at Dubai International Film Festival 2013. It has won Industry Award for Best Production at the Digital Studio Awards 2014.