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Flatpack 2018: The Taste Of Cement

Saturday 21st April


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Director: Ziad Kalthoum


Rating: 12

Germany / Lebanon / Syria 2017, 85mins

Itís hard to contemplate a film directly addressing the current situation in Syria while civil war continues to rip the country apart. The Taste of Cement takes an oblique approach, viewed through the eyes of migrant workers building a massive tower block in Beirut.

Through beautiful photography and sound design the film conjures up the rhythm of their days, from construction in the clouds to a rudimentary curfew-bound existence after dark in the bowels of the building itself. Home is glimpsed through TV news footage, and then searing blasts of reportage.