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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Taste of Cement
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Taste of Cement

director: Ziad Kalthoum
original title: Taste of Cement
country: Germany, Lebanon, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Qatar
year: 2017
running time: 85 min.

synopsis

This poetic documentary is an elegy to the Middle East, where cement flows across the region as they rebuild after the ravages of war. For the narrators, the smell and taste of cement remind them of their father, who left to work in neighboring countries, and the horrifying sight of their devastated home.

biography

Ziad Kalthoum (1981) is a Syrian director and screenwriter who dedicates himself to documentaries and feature films. His documentary The Immortal Sergeant (2014) was screened at festivals in Locarno and Fribourg, among others.

more about film

director: Ziad Kalthoum
producer: Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme, Tobias Siebert, Mohammad Ali Atassi
photography: Talal Khoury
editing: Alex Bakri, Frank Brummundt

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