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Ahmed in Wonderland

Spring Grant 2013 - Development Stage
Current project status: Development

Erige Sehiri / Feature Documentary / Tunisia, France, Qatar / 2014 / 70 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Documentary


In this road movie set to the rock tunes of Pink Floyd and the jazzy sounds of Anouar Brahem intertwined with constant train noise, 30-year-old Ahmed, a train driver, tells us of his winter trip, his desire to become someone else, his escape. As we leave the classy neighbourhoods of Tunis and head toward the Algerian border, we get to know his companions, friends lost after the revolution, and a Tunisia facing itself. In a tone that is neither too serious nor too dramatic, yet steeped in social criticism, ‘Ahmed in Wonderland’ takes a look at a generation on the go.


Erige Sehiri
Erige Sehiri
Palmyre Badinier

About the Director

Tunisian-French director and journalist Erige Sehiri trained as a documentary filmmaker in Montreal. In France, she has directed several short documentaries and has worked on a regular basis from Jerusalem as an independent journalist for France 24, France 3 and Radio-Canada. ‘My Father’s Facebook’, her first creative documentary, was her contribution to the award-winning collective documentary ‘Family Albums’ (2012). Since 2011, she has actively contributed to the structuring of the citizen journalism with Canal France International and the Nawaat Website in Tunisia. Sehiri is developing her first fiction project through her selection in the Méditalents programme.

Production Company Profile

Based on 10 years’ of production experience in the Middle East through the Ramallah-based production company Dar Films, Les Films de Zayna was established in Paris in 2008 by Raed Andonni and Palmyre Badinier. In Arabic, ‘Zayna’ is a name meaning ‘sparkle’ – the sparkle of an individual within a group. In some dialects, “zayna” also means “like us” as an attachment to the collective body. Between these poles of intimacy and universality, there lies a tension that represents Zayna’s work. Zayna develops dramatic and documentary projects for theatre, television and new media based on a close collaboration among writers, technicians and other talents, mainly from the Arab world and Europe. Beyond geography, our source of inspiration is openness to the world and diversity of sensitivities. Recent Zayna projects have been supported by the European Commission programme MEDIA, the CNC (National French Cinema Centre), the French Producers union PROCIREP, the Arab Fund for Art and Culture, the Dubai post-production support fund Enjaaz, et al. Zayna’s documentary filmography includes Nassim Amaouche’s ‘En terrain connu’ (2013), which premiered at Clermont-Ferrrand; ‘Family Albums’ (multiple directors, 2012) which premiered and won an award at CINEMED’; and Raed Andoni’s ‘Fix Me’ (2009), which won a BAFICI Human Rights Award, and was named Best Documentary of the Year by SCAM in 2011. Zayna’s films have been selected for major international film festivals including Sundance and Cannes, TV channels and theatres.


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    Palmyre Badinier

    Les Films de zayna

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