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Railway Men

Spring Grants 2017

Erige Sehiri / Feature Documentary / Tunisia, France, Qatar / 2017 / 75 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Road Trip, Social Issues, Creative 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
Production Company
Les Films de Zayna

About the Director

Erige Sehiri is a FrenchTunisian director and producer based in Tunis. Particularly drawn to the world of labourers, she places workers with invisible destinies at the heart of her films. In 2018, she made her first feature-length documentary film about Tunisian railway workers, reflecting their daily struggle against the failures of the national railways. ‘La voie normale - Railway Men’ was presented at Visions du Réel 2018, IDFA 2018 and received a mention by the jury at CINEMED. In 2021, for her first feature-length fiction film, she chose to direct young seasonal workers to pay tribute to the many female agricultural workers victims of truck accidents. Erige Sehiri is also the producer and manager of the production company Henia, where she develops author-driven films.


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    Palmyre Badinier

    Akka Films
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