Ziad Kalthoum

Ziad Kalthoum


Whenever war breaks out, this means that all kind of communication between humans has come to an end. But I realize that I can create a new language that speaks to people through cinema.    


Ziad Kalthoum is a Syrian filmmaker who started filming his first medium length movie (OH, MY HEART) in 2009, about a story of a group of Kurdish women who lived in a village without men for political and social reasons. The film was banned from the screening in Syria because it is not allowed to talk about Kurdish society. It was considered as the first film to speak about the Kurds of Syria. In 2012 he began filming his feature film THE IMMORTAL SERGEANT when he was a soldier in compulsory military service at the same time of the outbreak of the Syrian revolution. The film premiered at Locarno Film Festival, and he won the Best Film Award at the BBC Arabic Film Festival. In 2013, after defecting from the Syrian army and refusing to fight against his own people, he fled to Beirut and began filming TASTE OF CEMENT that won the Best Film Award at the Visions du réel 2017 and has been nominated for the Best European Film Award at DOC ALLIANCE AWARD 2017.

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