World Cup in Qatar – No rainbow in the desert: “Hide or flee, otherwise you will be killed”

World Cup in Qatar - No rainbow in the desert:

The documentary “No Rainbow in the Desert” MagentaSport shows how Qatar, host of the 22nd World Cup, treats homosexuals, migrant workers and women. At the same time, attempts are being made with enthusiasm to bring people together from all over the world.

It’s a perfectly normal morning ritual when Ali goes to the bathroom to put on her makeup and get ready. He washes his face and applies mascara to his eyelashes. Then he carefully applies lipstick.

But one circumstance accompanies these normal activities and makes them extraordinary. Because in his homeland he had to hide and finally flee.

Ali is from Qatar and is gay. In his homeland, homosexual people are persecuted, punished, whipped and sometimes killed. And this is exactly where the World Cup is taking place.

The hosts have also been criticized for years for their treatment of guest workers, who make up 90 percent of the population in Qatar. They live in degrading conditions, work on construction sites and sometimes even die there. In addition, male guardianship prevails in the small country in the desert, and women’s rights are severely restricted.

World Cup in Qatar: between oppression and anticipation

But FIFA is holding back or ignoring the many problems. For President Gianni Infantino, it’s all about football: “Football is popular all over the world. That’s why we have to open the world and it’s important that you go everywhere.”

Can a World Cup be held in a country like Qatar? In the documentary “No Rainbow in the Desert – The Football World Cup in Qatar”, the author Michael Maske uses impressive examples to show the much-discussed violations of human rights.

On the other hand, the enthusiasm and joy of the World Cup hosts is also shown and the question of how far Western views and those in the host country sometimes differ.

You can watch the impressive documentary “No Rainbow in the Desert” and all the games of the World Cup MagentaSport.


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