March 21, Wednesday

Taste of Cement (2017)

Directed by Ziad Kalthoum
Lebanon, Syria | PG-13 | Documentary | Arabic | 85 min
Venue: Warehouse421, Mina Zayed
Time: Mar 21, 7:30pm

In Beirut, Syrian construction workers are building a skyscraper as their own houses in their homeland are being shelled. The workers are locked in the building site and are not allowed to leave it after sunset as the Lebanese government has imposed nighttime curfews on the refugees. Cut off from their homeland, they gather at night around a small TV set for news about Syria. Tormented by anguish and anxiety, while suffering the deprivation of the most basic human and workers right, they keep hoping for a different life.

Ghafa (2017)

Directed by Aisha Alzaabi
UAE | PG | Drama, Short | Arabic | 16 min
Venue: Warehouse421, Mina Zayed
Time: Mar 21, 7:30pm

A story of Emirati women across three generations: Mahra, a young bride; Najla, a wedding organiser in her forties; and Um Ali a 70-year-old, who takes care of her grandson Rashid. Each one is in despair. How will their sadness draw out their inner resolve? How are the three women connected?