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The Normal Way

Spring Grant 2013 - Development Stage
Current project status: Production

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, ‘The Normal Way’ 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

After 10 years of production experience in the Middle East with the Ramallah-based production company Dar Films, Palmyre Badinier and Raed Andoni established Les Films de Zayna in Paris in 2008. Zayna develops drama and documentary projects for cinema, television and new media based on a close collaboration between the Arab world and Europe. Beyond geography, our source of inspiration is an openness to the world and its diversity of sensibilities. Zayna’s documentary filmography includes Nassim Amaouche’s ‘En terrain connu’ (2013), ‘Family Albums’ (multiple directors, 2012) and Andoni’s ‘Fix Me’ (2009).


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    Palmyre Badinier

    Les Films de zayna

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