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Taste of Cement

Ziad Kalthoum / Germany - Lebanon - Syria - United Arab Emirates - Qatar / 2017 / 85 ' / Arabic / S.T. English


Alex Bakri & Frank Brummundt
Ziad Kalthoum
Talal Khoury
Laura Knauer
Rayan Al Obeydine
Makram Al Halabi
Rawad Hobeika
Cedric Kayem
Carine Bacha
Sebastian Tesch
Sebastian Alten, Sabrina Sawatzki, Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme, Tobias N. Siebert & Ali Atassi
BASIS BERLIN Filmproduktion
Heidi Ericson
Khaled Malas

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An examination of the degrading conditions experienced by Syrian construction workers building skyscrapers in Beirut on the ruins caused by the Lebanese civil war


TASTE OF CEMENT is an essay documentary of Syrian construction workers building new skyscrapers in Beirut on the ruins caused by the Lebanese civil war. At the same time their own houses are being bombed in Syria. A Curfew prohibits them from leaving the construction site after work. Every night in their pit below the skyscraper the news from their homeland and the memories of the war chase them. Mute and imprisoned in the cement underground, they must endure until the new day arrives where the hammering and welding drowns out their nightmares.


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