Taste of Cement 15+, unless accompanied by an adult

Documentary | Feature
Director  Ziad Kalthoum
Lebanon, Syria, United arab emirates, Qatar, Germany | 85 mins | 2017
Arabic with English subtitles

Australian Premiere

Winner – Best Film, Visions du Réel, Switzerland

A dream-like documentary about the nightmare of exile, Taste of Cement takes us into the lives of Syrian construction workers in Beirut. Virtually imprisoned on the site of a skyscraper and with extremely limited access to news from home, these refugee labourers are creating a majestic structure while their own houses and cities are being obliterated. Without any traditional talking head interviews, exiled Syrian filmmaker Ziad Kalthoum has created a beautiful film about almost unimaginable hardship.  

Director Ziad Kalthoum | Producer Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme, Tobias Siebert | Editor Alex Bakri, Frank Brummundt | Cinematographer Talal Khoury