Margate Film Festival starts hybrid edition

Online film access begins November 1

by Amber Wilkinson

Taste Of Cement
Taste Of Cement
Margate Film Festival returned to Kent for its fourth year this week with a five-day programme of in-venue screenings. From tomorrow a selection from the festival will be available to watch online for viewers further afield.

This year’s theme of ‘Borders/Boundaries’ explores ever-present social and global tensions, and in particular, looks at borders and boundaries of a more intangible nature, such as political borders, personal boundaries, relationships, identity and spirit.

Among the films screening in the online programme is beautifully shot essay documentary Taste Of Cement. Ziad Kalthoum's film roams a Lebanese construction site where most of the workers are Syrian and face a strict curfew on when they come and go from the site. The film offers a thoughtful and lingering meditation on construction and destruction - as the workers rebuild Beirut in the daytime while watching their homeland come under bombardment at night.

Sisters With Transistors, meanwhile, offers a portrait of the unsung heroines of electronic music, which, as our reviewer puts it, "Stops you in your tracks and makes you look at things you thought you knew about through fresh eyes".

Alongside the features, which also include Sundance alumnus Jumbo, there are a number of short film selections, with the tickets sold on a 'pay what you can' basis. For more information, visit the official site.

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