Taste of Cement

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Showings

St. Anthony Main Theatre 3 Sat, Sep 29, 2018 5:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$12.00
Members:$10.00
Student (Box Office Only):$10.00
Senior (Box Office Only):$10.00
Film Info
Premiere Status:MN Premiere
Program:Twin Cities Arab Film Festival
Release Year:2017
Runtime:85 min
Festivals & Awards:Grand Prix
Visions du Reel
Best Documentary
Feature
Camden International Film Festival
Best Documentary
Feature
Adelaide Film Festival
Country/Region:Lebanon
Germany
Syria
Qatar
UAE
Language:Arabic
English Subtitles
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Syndicado Films
Trailer:https://vimeo.com/245161810
Cast/Crew
Director:Ziad Kalthoum
Producer:Ansgar Frerich
Eva Komme
Tobias Siebert
Cinematographer:Talal Khoury
Screenwriter:Ziad Kalthoum
Talal Khoury
Ansgar Frerich
Editor:Alex Bajri
Frank Brummundt

Description

This film offers a portrait of workers from Syria living in exile and presents an honest encounter with people who have lost their past and their future, refugees of war locked in a recurring present. Syrian construction workers build new skyscrapers in Beirut on the ruins of buildings destroyed by the Lebanese civil war, while their own homes are bombed and destroyed in neighboring Syria. A local curfew prohibits the workers from leaving the construction site after work, and every night they listen to news about the war in Syria below the scaffolding. This impressionistic and carefully edited documentary tells the story of refugees imprisoned by the modern world’s cement structures and endless wars, as each day’s repetition brings more work, more welding, and the same nightmare.

Screening with short film:

One Day in Aleppo

After five months of the suffocating siege and daily bombings in Aleppo, a group of children begin painting colors in their city’s streets to forget their daily struggles. This silent short film documents such scenes, expressing the pain and hope of thousands from inside the besieged city.

Director: Ali Alibrahim | Documentary | Runtime: 24 mins | 2017 | Country: Syria | Language: Arabic, English Subtitles | Minnesota Premiere


Press

"[S]killfully uses images and sound to plunge us into lives disrupted by years of conflict, revealing a continuous cycle where structures are erected in one place and demolished in the other." - Hollywood Reporter


Sponsors


TWIN CITIES ARAB FILM FESTIVAL

Mizna presents the thirteenth Twin Cities Arab Film Festival in partnership with the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul. The Arab Film Fest showcases modern Arab cinema, featuring debut screenings of independent narrative, documentary, and experimental features and shorts.