UNDER THE FIG TREES
Creative Documentary, Romance and Melodrama | Running Time: 92 minutes
2022 / Arabic dialogue
Country: Tunisia, France, Switzerland, Germany and QatarDirected by: Erige Sehiri
A French-Tunisian director and producer. Her company “Henia”, develops widely celebrated documentaries. “Under the Fig Trees” (2021), her first feature which she wrote, directed and produced, won several awards at the Venice International Film Festival. She then joined the selection of the 54th Directors' Fortnight at Cannes in 2022.
ProducerDidar Domehri, Erige Sehiri
CastFide Fdhili, Feten Fdhili, Ameni Fdhili, Samar Sifi, Leila Ouhebi, Hneya Ben Elhedi Sbahi, Gaith Mendassi, Abdelhak Mrabti, Fedi Ben Achour, Firas Amri
ScriptwriterErige Sehiri, Ghalya Lacroix, Peggy Hamann
Inspired by a day spent at work with Fide Fdhili, the woman who would become the star of her film, director Erige Sehiri evokes the sights, smells and sisterly gossip of a team of fruit-pickers who travel each day to an orchard in northern Tunisia. An immersive fiction that borrows heavily from fact, the film follows the women through the orchards, observing their delicate work with the fragile fruit while seemingly eavesdropping on their conversations, mutual confidences, shared jokes and intermittent bickering. With every furtive glance or stern frown, there is a sense of changing times: older and younger workers, students and housewives all have plenty to say about the future of women in Tunisia. Fide – who, like all the women, plays a version of herself – flirts with their male overseer and is forthright in her defiance of tradition, becoming the subject of gossip and conflict that will bubble into drama before the work day is over.