The Open City Documentary Festival is pleased to announce this year’s Opening Night gala will be Ziad Kalthoum's TASTE OF CEMENT, the highly-acclaimed portrait of exiled Syrian construction workers building a skyscraper in Beirut while at the same time their own homes are being shelled. The film will receive its UK Premiere on Tuesday 5 September at Picturehouse Central.

Open City Documentary Festival champions new voices in non-fiction storytelling and the programme offers a chance to see the best in contemporary, international documentary as well as filmmaker Q&As, industry panels, workshops, networking and parties. The 7th Open City Documentary Festival takes place over six days in venues across London from 5 September to 10 September 2017.

Michael Stewart, Founder of Open City Docs, said: “We are delighted to open this year’s festival with the beautiful, poignant TASTE OF CEMENT. At Open City our aim is to create an open space to nurture and champion the most innovative and creative documentary filmmakers from across the globe and Ziad Kalthoum’s mesmerising film epitomises this perfectly.”

Tickets for the Opening Night go on sale on Thursday 27 July through the Open City website along with the full Open City Documentary Festival programme which will be announced on Wednesday 26 July 2017. For more information please visit: