Taste of Cement from 2017 shows how Syrian workers in exile are exposed to new types of oppression. In this visually beautiful, stylized documentary Syrian refugees in Beirut are working on the reconstruction of a city that was destroyed not that long ago, in contrast to their own country which is being destroyed, exposing the meaningless cycles of destruction and construction that war feeds.
Taste of Cement is a different film about war and life in exile. Visually stunning images and a dreamlike narrator evokes a realisation of the enormous destruction of war and a feeling of despair as to how the country will be rebuilt.
«It’s an impressive feat of formalistic filmmaking that has garnered several awards on the festival circuit and deserves further attention abroad. (…) An arresting mediation on construction and destruction.» Hollywood Reporter
«Ziad Kalthoum’s award-winning documentary Taste of Cement is an audio-visual masterpiece.» Modern Times Review
Syrian Doc Days is organized by Oslo Dokumentarkino, in collaboration with Syrian Peace Action Centre (SPACE).
|Spilletid||1t 25m (85 minutter)|
|Produsert||Libanon, Tyskland, Qatar, Syria, De forente arabiske emirater 2017|