Under the Fig Trees
Erige SEHIRI Tunisia, France, Switzerland, Germany, Qatar 92 mins PG Southeast Asian Premiere
Young women work and flirt in a Tunisian fig orchard in this languid tale of first love and sisterhood.
In a remote fig orchard during the Tunisian summer, workers, many of them teenagers, undertake the laborious, meticulous task of fig- picking. As a respite from the tedium of work, the women flirt with the men while trading secrets and stories among themselves. Under the trees and away from their employer’s surveillance, the women navigate generational conflict and forge honest connections.
Unfolding over the course of a day, the workers’ interactions reveal rich emotions and hint at gender tensions in a patriarchal society. Under the Fig Trees explores universal experiences of young love, female friendship and family ties, offering an intimate coming-of-age drama that centres the experiences of young women.
Erige SEHIRI is a French-Tunisian director and producer. Her debut documentary feature Railway Men (2018) was screened in competition at Visions du Réel. Under the Fig Trees, her first fiction feature, premiered at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. Sehiri runs production company Henia which develops Tunisian author-driven documentaries.