The Gravedigger’s Wife

The Gravedigger’s Wife

Original Name: The Gravedigger’s Wife
English Name: The Gravedigger’s Wife
Year: 2021
Run Time: 82 Min
Language: Somalian
Type (Colour/ Black & White): Colour
Country: Finland, Germany, France, Somalia
Director: Khadar Ayderus Ahmed
Producer: Misha Jaari , Mark Lwoff, Risto Nikkilä
Cast: Omar Abdi, Yasmin Warsame, Kadar Abdoul-Aziz Ibrahim
Screenplay: Khadar Ayderus Ahmed
Cinematographer: Arttu Peltomaa
Editor: Sebastian Thümler
Sound Designer: Karri Niinivaara
Music Composer: Andre Matthias
Costume Designer: Anu Gould
Production Designer: Antti Nikkinen
Production Company: BUFO, Twenty Twenty Visions, Pyramide Productions
World Sales: Jeanne Loriotti
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  • Cannes FF 2021
  • Toronto IFF 2021
  • BFI London FF 2021

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2019 The Killing of Cahceravga (Short)
  • 2017 The Night Thief (Short)
  • 2014 We Don’t Celebrate Christmas (Short)

Director’s Biography:

Finnish writer-director Khadar Ayderus Ahmed, born in Mogadishu 40 years ago, has directed several successful short films, such as The Night Thief in 2017. In addition, he has already made a notable career as a scriptwriter. The Gravedigger’s Wife is Ahmed’s first feature and it was developed at the Cinéfondation's Residence in 2015.


Guled and Nasra are a loving couple, living in the outskirts of Djibouti city with their teenage son, Mahad. However, they are facing difficult times: Nasra urgently needs an expensive surgery to treat a chronic kidney disease. Guled is already working hard as a gravedigger to make ends meet: how can they find the money to save Nasra and keep the family together?