The Gravedigger's Wife

classified 12A S

Black History Month 2022


Please note: This was screened in Oct 2022

Khadar Ayderus Ahmed
Omar Abdi, Yasmin Warsame, Kadar Abdoul-Aziz Ibrahim
82 mins, Subtitled, 2021, Finland/Germany
Primary language

With his heartfelt and critically acclaimed feature debut, writer/director Khadar Ayderus Ahmed follows a man as he desperately tries to seek help for his ailing wife.

Guled (Omar Abdi) lives on the outskirts of Djibouti City with his wife Nasra (Yasmin Warsame) and their teenage son. Like his friends, Guled is a gravedigger; known locally as Ambulance Chasers, they make a living off the death of others. Nasra has been diagnosed with a kidney infection and desperately needs treatment. Guled has to somehow come up with $5,000 or Nasra will likely die... can he find the money to save her?

A poetic love story rooted in Somali culture, but universally felt, The Gravedigger's Wife marks Khadar Ayderus Ahmed as a talent to watch.

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