Fall Grants 2018
Current project status: DEVELOPMENT
In the winter of 2018, a team of young reporters takes over Maktaris News: Soumaya, Noor, Raoua, Fadi and Hamdi. Every three years, the radio coach Badis creates a new team when the older students leave the village to study in the big cities. This year is a special one, a most difficult one; the revolution is long gone, the initial enthusiasm has faded. But Badis stays put, devoted and passionate, even if sacrificing his personal life. His wife is pushing him to pass the torch on to someone else. Every Saturday morning, the group and their coach start a new adventure; they gather in the only youth centre in the city, the Makhtar News studio. Around a mixing console, they improvise an editorial meeting like professionals, but with loads of laughs and shouting, even if the themes are serious; they do not hesitate to tackle Tunisia’s most delicate and painful issues, like corruption and poverty. Ignoring their parents’ fears or some residents’ disapproval, they roam around the region, always on the lookout for their next news story.
- Erige Sehiri
- Erige Sehiri
- Palmyre Badinier
About the Director
Erige Sehiri is a Tunisian-French journalist and documentary filmmaker. She directed several short documentaries and worked as an independent journalist for international broadcast channels. Since 2011, she committed herself, in Tunisia, to the development of new participative media and co-founded the Tunisian webzine 'Inkyfada'. Previous credits include 'Railway Men' (2018).
Production Company Profile
Founded in 2002 by director and producer Nicolas Wadimoff, and recently joined by Philippe Coeytaux and Palmyre Badinier, Geneva-based production house AKKA Films is dedicated to art-house documentaries, series and fiction films. Films ingrained in social debates that reflect and question stakes of the world of today, exploring audacious and original ways of cinematographic expression. Openness on the world and discovery of the other have led AKKA Films to co-produce most of its films internationally and to promote their distribution worldwide.