Terra Infirma: Taste of Cement
Syrian construction workers in exile are torn between two places: their bombed-out homes in Syria and the high-rise building site they're not allowed to leave in Lebanon. The daring, imaginative and visually exciting feature documentary won the international competition at the International Visions du Réel Film Festival at Nyon. With an introduction by Sheyma Buali.
Landscape is a charged notion in the Middle East.* On the one hand, representations of landscape engage with a heady mix of national and natural borders, tussles over resources and territory, and (colonial) history. On the other hand, it is a rich source of identity, tradition and imagination.