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Railway Men

Spring Grant 2013

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


Conducting the trains of Line #1, the country’s deadliest, five employees struggle with the darker side of Tunisia’s national railway company in the aftermath of the Revolution. Workers rack up many hours of overtime, the worn-out locomotives are unreliable, and the safety of both the railway workers and passengers is put at risk. But how can these individuals confront these issues when they have neither the opportunity nor the freedom to speak up?


Erige Sehiri
Erige Sehiri
Palmyre Badinier, Dora Bouchoucha, Co-Producer Nomadis Images
Production Company
Les Films de Zayna

About the Director

Erige Sehiri is a Tunisian French director and producer. A former journalist, she started her career as a documentary filmmaker. Her breakout feature documentary, 'Railway Men', which presented the daily struggle of railway workers against the failures of the national railways, remained for six weeks in Tunisian theatres. In 2022, she wrote, directed, and produced her first fiction feature, 'Under the Fig Trees', which won several awards at the Venice International Film Festival's Final Cut and joined the selection of the 54th Director's Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. It was also selected to be Tunisia's official submission in the 2023 Oscars for Best International Feature Film.


  • Main Contact

    Palmyre Badinier

    Akka Films
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