Stories That Matter 2018 | Taste of Cement


Taste of Cement

Dir. Ziad Kalthoum | 85min | 2017 | PG

Deeply poetic and richly textured, Taste of Cement is a treatise about Syrians working in construction in Lebanon, who labour under grueling conditions while their country is embroiled in war. As the workers build skyscrapers in Beruit, their own homes are reduced to rubble; their homesickness and despair manifests in sequences that contrast life under their restrictive curfews and the destruction wreaked by the war in Syria.

Cement is everywhere; poured into molds at Lebanese construction sites, blasted to dust in the Syrian warzone, in the memories of an anonymous Syrian man who recalls the time his father returned from working in construction in Lebanon to build a home in Syria. Through breathtaking cinematography and absorptive sound, Taste of Cement brings to bear the anxiety and hopes of those forced away from home in pursuit of a better life.

· Won – Visions Du Reel 2017, Grand Prix Prize

· Won – Camden International Film Festival 2017, Best Documentary Feature

· Won – Adelaide Film Festival 2017, Best Documentary

Screened with

On Court Uyghur Dreams Grow

Dir. Yuyang Liu | 3:46min | G

Uyghur separatist forces have led violent attacks regularly in China since 2009, breeding distrust between various Chinese ethnic groups and the Uyghur Muslim minority. R&F Soccer School in Meizhou, the southeast coastal region of China, offers scholarships to Uyghur children, who travel more than 5,000 kilometers from their home to live, play and build relationships with young Han Chinese athletes.



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About Stories That Matter – Borders

What are the borders that define, divide and restrict communities around the world, and how do we overcome them? Objectifs presents strong statements through the lens of film and photography that confront the impact of geographical, social, and psychological borders on critical issues affecting all of us today, and looks at possibilities for collaboration and change.

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About the filmmakers

Ziad Kalthoum (Homs, 1981) studied filmmaking in Syria, where he made the medium-length film Oh My Heart (2009) and the feature film Immortal Sergeant (2013). In 2013, after defecting from the Syrian army and refusing to fight against his own people, he fled to Beirut and began filming Taste of Cement.

Yuyang Liu was born in Sichuan in 1991 and graduated with a degree in history from East China Normal University. He is currently based in Beijing. His work has been published on TIME, The New York Times, NPR, BBC, The Guardian, The Paper and Tencent News, among others.


Header image from Taste of Cement by Ziad Kalthoum

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