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Railway Men

Spring Grants 2017 - Post-Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED

Erige Sehiri / Feature Documentary / Tunisia, France, Qatar / 2017 / 75 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Road Trip, Social Issues, Creative Documentary

Synopsis

Four Tunisian railway employees are assigned to Line #1. They call it “the normal way” because it is the only one built to international norms, but it is also the most neglected. Crossing the breath-taking landscapes of the north, the old locomotive has to be constantly repaired. The grandson of a train driver, Ahmed has recently joined the company and learns on-the-job alongside his fellow railroaders. As time goes by, he begins to realise the immense risks that he and his colleagues face every day. Between the half-abandoned tracks, a young colleague of Ahmed, Abee, shares with him his love of rap music, while Najib, the master of a small rural railway station nearby spends his solitary life tirelessly shifting trains. Seemingly the only one among the railroaders who refuses to work in these dangerous conditions, Issam begins to document the hazards he sees. Provoked by his behaviour, the railway company transfers Issam to their ticketing department. When two serious train accidents occur, there is public uproar and the media turns to Issam, but he has been fired.

Credits

Director
Erige Sehiri
Screenwriter
Erige Sehiri
Producer
Palmyre Badinier

About the Director

Erige Sehiri is a Tunisian-French journalist and documentary filmmaker. She has directed several short documentaries and worked as an independent journalist for international broadcast channels. Since 2011, she has committed herself to the development of new participative media in Tunisia and co-founded the Tunisian webzine ‘Inkyfada’.

Production Company Profile

Les Films de Zayna was established in 2008 by Palestinian producer and director Raed Andoni and French producer Palmyre Badinier. Based in Paris, the company develops and produces films with a strong focus on stories and talents from the Arab world.

Contacts

  • Main Contact

    Palmyre Badinier

    Company: 
    Akka Films
    Phone: 
    (0) 22 345 11 70
    Email: 
    palmyre@zayna.fr / p.badinier@akkafilms.ch

  • Production Company

    Les Films de Zayna

    Company: 
    Les Films de Zayna
    Phone: 
    +33 1953211040
    Email: 
    palmyre@zayna.fr

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