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Under the Fig Trees

  Erige Sehiri

  Tunisia, France, Switzerland, Germany, Qatar     92 minutes


A truck filled with workers—women and men, young and old—arrives at an orchard at dawn. The youngest among them head up into the trees to pick figs under the watchful eye of the foreman. They are restless and eager in the summer heat, stealing away from work to catch up, gossip, squabble, and flirt. Over the course of a day in the harvest, each encounter between the workers on the cusp of adulthood is ripe with discovery and connection, as the older women share songs and reminiscences of lives lived and loves lost. Sun-dappled and sensual, Erige Sehiri’s fiction debut captures the promise of first love, the ephemerality of youth, and the sorrows of life with remarkable intimacy and tenderness.

 Arabic with subtitles 

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Film Credits

  •   Erige Sehiri, Didar Domehri
  •   Erige Sehiri, Ghalya Lacroix, Peggy Hamann
  •   Erige Sehiri, Hafedh Laaridhi, Ghalya Lacroix
  •   Frida Marzouk
  •   Fide Fdhili, Feten Fdhili, Ameni Fdhili, Samar Sifi, Leila Ouhebi, Hneya Ben Elhedi Sbahi, Gaith Mendassi, Abdelhak Mrabti, Fedi Ben Achour, Firas Amri
  •   Aymen Laabidi
  •   Heina Production, Maneki Films