• arthouse ,
  • drama ,
  • first feature ,
  • Feature Films
2021 | 83 min

The Gravedigger’s Wife

Guled & Nasra


The Gravedigger's Wife is the story of a family that, in times of misfortune, have to push themselves to the limits in order to find enough strength to be able to re-unite. Middle-aged Guled, a struggling gravedigger living in the slums of Djibouti City, is working hard to make ends meet. His 13-year-old runaway son Mahad lives on the streets with other homeless children, and his beloved wife Nasra, who suffers from a chronic kidney disease, desperately needs a transplant. In order to save Nasra’s life, Guled and Mahad have two weeks to come up with the money. But how far are they willing to go?

Selected festivals and awards:
Semaine de la Critique/Cannes 2021, Toronto IFF 2021 (Amplify Voices Award), Fespaco 2021 (Golden Stallion Award)
DIRECTOR: Khadar Ayderus Ahmed
SCREENWRITER: Khadar Ayderus Ahmed
EDITING: Sebastian Thümler
MUSIC: Andre Matthias
CAST: Omar Abdi, Yasmin Warsame, Kadar Abdoul-Aziz Ibrahim 
PRODUCERS: Misha Jaari, Mark Lwoff, Risto Nikkilä
CO-PRODUCERS: Thanassis Karathanos, Stépane Parthenay, Robin Boespflug-Vonier
CO-PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Twenty Twenty Vision Film Produktion (Germany), Pyramide Productions (France)
SALES: Orange


Khadar Ayderus Ahmed

Khadar Ayderus Ahmed is a Somali-Finnish filmmaker based in Helsinki and Paris. Khadar has written and directed a few successful short films that have been screened at numerous international film festivals such as Locarno, Gothenburg, Brest, Guanajuato, and Tampere. His feature directorial debut The Gravedigger’s Wife premiered in Critics’ Week at Cannes film festival in 2021.

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