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Taste of Cement


Location la: Bartos Screening Room

With live video discussion with cinematographer Talal Khoury

Dir. Ziad Kalthoum. Syria/Lebanon. 2017, 85 mins. Digital projection. In Arabic with English subtitles. Ziad Kalthoum’s award-winning, cinematically audacious documentary explores the days and nights of Syrian refugees employed as construction workers in post–Civil War Beirut. Laboring to erect a towering skyscraper by day, they spend their nights in curfew, relegated to the cavernous basement of the site, haunted by memories of a homeland left in ruins, hoping for a chance to rebuild. New York premiere. 

Preceded by Mediterranean (Dir. Talal Khoury. Lebanon. 2017, 7 mins.) It takes four to six minutes for a human to drown. Taste of Cement cinematographer Talal Khoury’s film immerses us in the waters of the Mediterranean for this same duration, asking us to meditate on those who have been lost at sea seeking a better life.

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