Railway Men

”Guess which document I signed before my contract? My will.” –A Tunisian railway worker

–How many people have you killed? –Six. This discussion takes place between two train drivers in Erige Sehiri’s documentary Railway Men.

The railway from Tunis to Marrakech along the Mediterranean coast used to be the pride of Tunisia. Nowadays the trains run only as far as the Algerian border. The equipment is rusty and the trains are a safety hazard to the passengers, the drivers and life surrounding the tracks. The staff consists of a group of MacGyvers whose problem-solving skills are tested with new challenges on every journey. If the train’s brakes fail, the crew may decide to fix them with a piece of wire found from the ground.

The equipment is in such poor shape that anything might happen along the way. Few employees have the strength to defy the circumstances and demand that the corrupt management take responsibility for the accidents. Ahmed, Afef, Issam, Abee and Najib carry on in their dangerous service profession while company managers sit safely in their offices chairs. The bosses do not even dare to travel on their own company’s trains.

Christa Åkerman

Language: Arabic
Subtitles: English

  • Name in Original Language: As-Sekka
  • Director: Erige Sehiri
  • Country: France, Qatar, Tunisia
  • Year: 2018
  • Length: 75 min
  • Age limit: K12
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Aissa Amine, Erige Sehiri, Ikbal Arafa, Hassene Amri, Ahmed Mourad Khanfir
  • Editing: Katja Dringenberg, Hafedh Laaridhi, Ghalya Lacroix
  • Music: Omar Aloulou
  • Production: Palmyre Badinier, Dora Bouchoucha / Akka Films, Nomadis Images


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