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Taste of Cement

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Year
2017
Country
  • Syria
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Germany
  • Lebanon
  • Qatar
Duration
85min
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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 night-time curfews on the refugees. The only contact with the outside world for these Syrian workers is the hole through which they climb out in the morning 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 right, they keep hoping for a different life.

After The Immortal Sergeant, Ziad Kalthoum composes an excruciating essay on what it means to live in exile in a war-torn world with no possibilities to return home. Precise camera framing, unorthodox editing, and dreamlike narrative detours are the trademarks of a daring, imaginative and visually challenging cinematographic work.

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Details

  • Original title
    Taste of Cement
  • Direction
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Talal Khoury
  • Editing
    Alex Bakri, Frank Brummundt
  • Duration
    85 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    • Syria
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Germany
    • Lebanon
    • Qatar
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Distribution

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