Erige Sehiri is a French-Tunisian director and producer. With her production company, HENIA, she develops auteur documentaries, awarded notably at Visions du Réel, IDFA, Cinémed...In 2018, her first feature-length documentary, THE NORMAL WAY, remained in theaters in Tunisia for six weeks. In 2021, she wrote, shot and produced her first feature film, SOUS LES FIGUES, and won several post-production awards at the Venice Film Festival (Final Cut in Venice). She is then selected for the 54th Directors' Fortnight at Cannes 2022.
La Voie Normale
Tunisian railroad workers assigned to Line No. 1 nickname it THE NORMAL RAILWAY, because it is the only one built to international standards. Ironically, it is also the most neglected and deteriorated of the network. Accidents are frequent and the lives of passengers and employees are at risk. At the controls of the locomotives, Ahmed, Afef, Issam, Abee and Najib are actors and witnesses of the difficult process of transformation of the Tunisian railroads, and by extension of the post-revolutionary Tunisian society as a whole. Each of them tries as best they can to find a new place in a society struggling to create a democratic way of life for itself. By denouncing incompetence and corruption, this film celebrates dignity, hope and resilience.