IFI Documentary Festival: TASTE OF CEMENT

Director: Ziad Kalthoum

85 mins, Lebanon-Syria-Germany-Qatar-UAE, 2018, Digital, Subtitled

This screening will be followed by Q&A with director Ziad Kalthoum.

In Beirut, Syrian construction workers are building a skyscraper while their own homes are being bombed. The Lebanese war is over but the Syrian one still rages on. The workers are locked in the building site, with a night time curfew imposed by the Lebanese government. Tormented by anguish and anxiety, they suffer the deprivation of the most basic human and workers’ rights. These are lives disrupted by years of conflict, and the continuous cycle of war, construction and demolition is conveyed with great visual poetry.

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Screening as part of the IFI Documentary Festival 2019,  25th – 29th September. Full details here.

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