Public Screening: Taste of Cement

Join us for a free film screening.

Taste of Cement, director Ziad Kalthoum
Friday, October 25, 7-9 pm

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.

Watch a trailer of Taste of Cement here.

Read this film review by Nadin Mai published in The Art(s) for Slow Cinema in April 2019 to learn more about Taste of Cement.

Taste of Cement is part of public programming connected to our fall exhibition They Built for Eternity presented in partnership with SAVAC.

Reports from an Export Processing Zone performance by Bojana Videkanic will take place before the screening on October 25th starting at 4 pm, until 7 pm.

For more information, contact:
Tara Bursey, Program Coordinator at or (905) 522-3003 ex. 29

The Workers Arts & Heritage Centre is a fully accessible building.

WAHC acknowledges the Canada Council for the Arts for its support of the Main Gallery exhibition program, as well as the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Hamilton and the Province of Ontario for its on-going support.