Under the Fig Trees
Official Oscar© Selection—Tunisia
A group of teenagers in rural northwest Tunisia spend a summer working in a fig orchard to pay for their studies, prepare for their weddings, or help their families. As the day progresses, the women gather between the fig trees, under the gaze of their bosses and young men, to share gossip, meals, and tears as they explore their shared journey and their relationships with work, love, friendship, and the land they are on. Erige Sehiri’s film is a lovely look at a sisterhood formed under the branches as they explore the joys and pitfalls of being young women on the precipice of their exciting yet uncertain futures.
Introduction by Samhita Sunya (VAFF)
This film is part of the Middle Eastern and South Asian Series supported by UVA Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures.