Taste of Cement
- Sun, 03.12.2017 - 17:00
Taste of Cement - Germany, Lebanon, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, 2016, 85’
Director: ZIAD KALTHOUM
Born in Homs in 1981. He has worked as an assistant director on several films. In 2011, he directed his first short documentary, Oh, My Heart. His first feature-length documentary The Immortal Sergeant he directed in 2013 was screened at the Locarno Film Festival.
In Beirut, Syrian construction workers are building a skyscraper while at the same time their own houses at home are being shelled. The Lebanese war is over but the Syrian one still rages on. The workers are locked in the building site. They are not allowed to leave it after 7 p.m. The Lebanese government has imposed nighttime curfews on the refugees; their only contact with the outside world is a hole through which they climb out to begin a new day of work. Cut off from their homeland, they gather at night around a small TV set to get the news from Syria. Tormented by anguish and anxiety, while suffering the deprivation of the most basic human and workers rights, they keep hoping for a different life.
Awards: Best Documentary Feature (2017 Camden International Film Festival), Grand Prix (Visions du Réel International Film Festival).