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Taste of Cement

Willard Straight Theatre
Wednesday, Nov 13, 2019 at 7:00 PM (ET)

“In this poetic, observational film, director Ziad Kalthoum takes us
into the lives of Syrian construction workers rebuilding post-war
Beirut. Their world revolves around arduous work at great heights, and
by the continual, nerve-shattering cacophony of hammering, drilling and
sawing. The slow-paced camera captures details of the buildings in the
Lebanese capital, transforming them into modern art objects. We see the
view from the skyscrapers over the city, the sea and the gray-white
apartment blocks. Are the Syrian construction workers seeing it the same
way, or are the memories of the violence of war burned too deeply into
their retinas? We can't escape these men’s traumatic experiences—archive
footage shows a building collapsing after a bombardment, and people
disappearing under the rubble. The Syrians understand the power of stone
and cement. The curfew imposed on the laborers compels them to spend
their aimless evenings in dismal barracks. The visual style and sparse
voice-over combine to powerful effect in this film about the
consequences of war.” (IDFA)

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