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Taste of Cement by Ziad Kalthoum
October 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Screening: Taste of Cement by Ziad Kalthoum
Friday 25 October 2019 from 7-9 pm
Workers Arts and Heritage Centre (WAHC)
51 Stuart Street, Hamilton, ON
A portrait of workers in exile. An empathetic encounter with people who have lost their past and their future, locked in the recurring present. ZIAD KALTHOUM creates an essay documentary of Syrian construction workers building new skyscrapers in Beirut on the ruins caused by the Lebanese civil war. At the same time their own houses are being bombed in Syria. A Curfew prohibits them from leaving the construction site after work. Every night in their pit below the skyscraper the news from their homeland and the memories of the war chase them. Mute and imprisoned in the cement underground, they must endure until the new day arrives where the hammering and welding drowns out their nightmares. The film screening is part of our on-going exhibition They Built for Eternity (details below). More information at https://wahc-museum.ca/event/film-screening/
Ziad Kalthoum was born in Homs in 1981 and graduated after studies in film. He has worked as an assistant director on several films, series and television programmes, including Mohammad Malas’s Ladder to Damascus (2013). In 2011, he directed his first short documentary, Oh, My Heart (2011), which was selected for the Carthage Film Festival. Kalthoum’s first feature-length documentary The Immortal Sergeant(2013), deals with the schizophrenic daily life and encounters he experiences between his mandatory military service in the Syrian Army and his role as assistant director during the shooting of Ladder to Damascus. The Immortal Sergeant was screened at the Locarno Film Festival in 2014 and the Fribourg International Film Festival in 2015.
Before the film starts, artist Bojana Videkanic will be performing Reports from an Export Processing Zone from 4-7pm. Arrive early!