Taste Of Cement


Director: Ziad Kalthoum
Year: 2017
Duration: 80
Language: Arabic

World premiere – Visions du Réel
Best Feature of the International Competition – Visions du Réel
Special Mention – Valetta Film Festival
Grand Prix for the Best Feature Documentary – Mediterranean Film Festival
The Emerging International Filmmaker Award – Open City Documentary Festival in London
The Harrell Award for Best Documentary Feature – Camden International Film Festival
The Best Doc Film – Batumi International Art-House Film Festival
Doc Alliance Selection Award
The Flinders University International Best Documentary Award – Adelaide Film Festival
The New Wave Competition Prize – La Roche-sur-Yon International Film Festival
Jury Prize – FRONTDOC 2017
Golden Key – Kasseler Dokfest
Special Jury Prize – RIDM
Don Quijote Prize – l’Alternativa, Festival de Cine Independiente de Barcelona
Open Eyes Prize – MedFilm 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 19.00. 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 Khaltoum 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.