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Acclaimed French-Tunisian documentarian Erige Sehiri makes her narrative debut with this beautifully observed, deeply intimate look at a day in the lives of workers on an Tunisian orchard during the summer harvest. Under the sun-dappled trees, a deep connection blossoms between the young men and women as they flirt, develop feelings of attraction and denial, and try to understand one another. Premiering in the Directors’ Fortnight section of this year’s Cannes, Under the Fig Trees is rich with images that bring an observational levity to each fleeting and formative encounter.

Under the Fig Trees is screening as part of Women Creators of the Future, a programme at LIFF 2022 presented in partnership with the Films Femmes Afrique Festival in Senegal, with support from British Council.