Taste of Cement Germany, Lebanon, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Qatar 2017 | 85 min | OV with english st | Colour | FF 2017
Ziad KalthoumZIAD KALTHOUM (*1981) was born in Homs in Syria. He studied film and made two documentaries in Syria before fleeing via Lebanon to Berlin in 2012. His third feature-length film Taste of Cement won the main prize at the renowned documentary film festival Visions du Réel in Nyon.
rated for 0 + yearsDOCUMENTARY More than one million people have fled the war in Syria to Lebanon. Many of them work on building sites constructing skyscrapers in Beirut, while on the other side of the border their own houses lie in ruins. At night, they're locked in on the site as there's a curfew for refugees. Cut off from their home country, every evening they gather in front of a TV set to get the latest news from Syria. Ziad Kalthoum's formally rigorous and finely composed film offers a visual translation of the feeling of living in exile without the chance of returning to a world torn apart by war, a translation that will long remain in the memory.
Orig. Title: Taste of Cement
Filmtype: Documentary Feature
Original language: Arabic
Director: Ziad Kalthoum
Screenplay: Ziad Kalthoum
Producer: Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme, Tobias Siebert
Sprachfassung: OV with english st
Music: Sebastian Tesch
Camera: Talal Khoury
Cutter: Alex Bakri, Frank Brummundt
World Sales: Syndicado
Production: Bidayyat for Audiovisual Art; Basis Berlin Filmproduktion
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