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RAILWAY MEN

RAILWAY MEN

  • Directed by Erige Sehiri
  • Open City Documentary Festival
  • 2018 | 75mins | France, Switzerland, Tunisia | rated (15)

Railway Line No.1—running along the Mediterranean coast from Tunis to Marrakech—was once the pride of Tunisia. After years of neglect, ‘The Normal Line’ has fallen into disrepair and accidents are now a regular occurrence. After the initial promise of the Jasmine Revolution, those working on the line have found that many of the old problems remain as state corruption and bureaucratic incompetence halt progress at every turn. Rumbling through the breathtaking landscape of the North, this increasingly strained railway network and the plights that its workers face mirrors the profound difficulties that Tunisia is experiencing as it strives towards creating a post-revolutionary society.