In Theaters 10.20.2023 or Watch at Home 01.12.2024

Under The Fig Trees

Directed by Erige Sehiri
Film Movement
93 Minutes
Tunisia, France, Switzerland, Germany, Qatar
Not Rated

On a hot summer day, a crew of workers — men and women, young and old — arrive at dawn at a picturesque fig orchard in northwest Tunisia. We eavesdrop, through the sun-dappled leaves of the fig trees, on the young women stealing away precious moments from the foreman's watchful gaze. Meanwhile, the older women, tasked with the careful job of packing the tender fruit, watch and reminisce together as well. They joke, argue, debate, gossip, flirt, all the while painting an unhurried but riveting portrait of everyday life in the rural society, where class, gender, and circumstance often don't allow for such personal freedoms. Set over the course of a single day, and with a cast made up of an intergenerational ensemble of non-professional actors, UNDER THE FIG TREES is "an elegant, understated tapestry of complex interactions [and] a pleasurable and immersive experience" (The Hollywood Reporter) that ultimately reveals the ways in which sisterhood itself becomes an act of resistance.

Director & Cast

  • Director: Erige Sehiri
  • Starring: Fide Fdhili
  • Starring: Feten Fdhili
  • Starring: Ameni Fdhili
  • Starring: Samar Sifi
  • Starring: Leila Ouhebi
  • Starring: Hneya Ben Elhedi Sbahi
  • Starring: Gaith Mendassi




  • "Sehiri’s film is an elegant, understated tapestry of complex interactions...a pleasurable and immersive experience."
    Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter
  • "Tunisia’s Oscar submission is a sun-dappled gem focused on a group of teenage girls."
    Manuel Betancourt, Variety
  • "A gently appealing choral work from Tunisia with a strong understanding of rhythm and balance that marks a strong first feature for documentary-trained Erige Sehiri."
    Jay Weissberg, The Film Verdict
  • "Under the Fig Trees is a big-minded film that grounds its ideas about labor, sexism, faith, and modernity in the zippy rhythms of its characters’ negotiations around friendship, romance, and work."
    Roxana Hadadi, Vulture
  • "Set over the course of one day, Erige Sehiri’s narrative feature debut Under the Fig Trees is a thoughtful ensemble film about the group of workers in a Tunisian fig orchard."
    Alex Heeney, Seventh Row
  • "Sehiri is an intelligent observer of life."
    Kaleem Aftab, Cineuropa
  • "[An] engaging depiction of summer flirtations and gentle exploration of sisterhood against a patriarchal backdrop. "
    Amber Wilkinson, Screen Daily
  • "[L]ove comes up again and again in Erige Sehiri’s enchanting debut, a romantic roundelay on par with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”...."
    Stephen Saito, The Moveable Fest
  • "A minimalism to it all, a simplicity that speaks not of a lack of sophistication but of a commitment to form, to feel. The stories that bloom here are rooted in the real, jacketed in the bruised flesh of familiar harms."
    Andrew Robertson, Eye for Film
  • "[A] beguiling, sun-dappled drama...."
    Wendy Ide, Observer
  • "The film's naturalism flows like a gentle summer's breeze."
    Marina Ashioti, Little White Lies
  • "As delicate and enticing as freshly-picked ripe fruit...."
    J Paul Johnson, Film Obsessive
  • "Faces and fruits flourish in the resplendent Tunisian ensemble piece “Under the Fig Trees,” from French-born director Erige Sehiri, which maps the interpersonal relationships, mostly romantic ones, among the men and women informally hired to harvest figs by hand over the course of a single workday. [A] delicate storytelling feat...."
    Carlos Aguilar,