The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


Taste of Cement - Film screening and Q&A

10 June 2019, 5:30 pm–8:00 pm

Taste of Cement

Film screening + Q&A: Taste of Cement, dir. by Ziad Kalthoum

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Ana Terol Diez


Institute for Global Prosperity, UCL
7 Floor, Maple House, 149 Tottenham Court Road

The Institute for Global Prosperity, RELIEF Centre and Development Planning Unit present the film screening of TASTE OF CEMENT, to be followed by a Q&A (via Skype) with the director Ziad Kalthoum.

This screening is part of our ongoing film series on 'Infrastructural Issues in Lebanon'.

About the film

In Beirut, Syrian construction workers are building a skyscraper while at the same time their own houses at home are being shelled. The Lebanese war is over but the Syrian one still rages on. The workers are locked in the building site. They are not allowed to leave it after 7pm. The Lebanese government has imposed nighttime curfews on the refugees.

The only contact with the outside world for these Syrian workers is the hole through which they climb out in the morning to begin a new day of work. Cut off from their homeland, they gather at night around a small TV set to get the news from Syria. Tormented by anguish and anxiety, while suffering the deprivation of the most basic human and workers right, they keep hoping for a different life.

After The Immortal Sergeant, Ziad Kalthoum composes an excruciating essay on what it means to live in exile in a war-torn world with no possibilities to return home. Precise camera framing, unorthodox editing, and dreamlike narrative detours are the trademarks of a daring, imaginative and visually challenging cinematographic work.

Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lO93i9OYZIM

Attendence is free but booking is essential as space is limited. Book now from Eventbrite here (link)