Under the Fig Trees
Erige Sehiri | Tunisia, France, Switzerland, Germany, Qatar | 2022 | 90'
In collaboration with
Sun 19 March H 18:00
With director Erige Sehiri and the curator of the film program of Fondazione Prada, Paolo Moretti.
Mon 20 March H 18:00
With Erige Sehiri (director of Under the Fig Trees and International Jury member) and Maha Haj (director of Mediterranean Fever)
Taht el Karmouss
At the end of the summer, in an orchard in north-west Tunisia, a group of women are harvesting figs. Watched by the male workers, both young and elderly, the women flirt, make fun of themselves, talk and quarrel. Over the course of one day, the orchard becomes the theatre of emotions but also a microcosm where the dynamics of power, abuse of seasonal work and the contradictions of Tunisian society are triggered off.
Fide Fdhili, Feten Fdhili, Ameni Fdhili, Samar Sifi, Leila Ouhebi, Hneya Ben Elhedi Sbahi, Gaith Mendassi, Abdelhak Mrabti, Fedi Ben Achour, Firas Amri
Henia Production, Maneki Films
Erige Sehiri, Ghalya Lacroix, Peggy Hamann
Ghalya Lacroix , Hafedh Laaridhi, Malek Kamounn
Grand Prize (Festival of Tübingen-Stuttgart 2022), Bayard d’Or for Best Film (Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur 2022), Tanit d’argent (Carthage Film Festival 2022)
Erige Sehiri is a French-Tunisian director and producer. She started out as a journalist and then a documentary maker: in those years she was the founder of the webzine Inkyfada and became a member of the ICIJ (International Consortium of Investigative Journalists). Her first feature-length documentary, Railway Men, won a prize at Visions du réel and was selected for the IDFA in 2018. She subsequently founded her own production company, with which she produced, wrote and made her debut feature film, Under the Fig Trees, in 2022, which won a prize at Final Cut in Venice 2021 as a work-in-progress and then had its world premiere at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes 2022 and has been screened at many international festivals.
2022 – Under the Fig Trees, ff
2018 – Railway Men, ff
2012 – My Father's Facebook, sf