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The Gravedigger's Wife

Directed by Khadar Ayderus Ahmed
Finland, Germany, France
83 minutes
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A rare film from Djibouti, this beautiful love story sees a poor gravedigger stretched to the limit as he tries to save his severely ill wife. Cannes Critics’ Week 2021.
Guled is a gravedigger in Djibouti City, situated on the Horn of Africa, struggling to get by with his wife Nasra and teenage son, Mahad. This loving family is confronted with added difficulty as Nasra’s chronic kidney disease grows worse. She’s in desperate need of a transplant, but there is virtually no chance for Guled to raise the vast sum required for her treatment. The only solution – one Nasra is set against – will take Guled on a perilous journey that reveals the troubled origins of their love story. Finnish-Somali director Khadar Ayderus Ahmed has made a striking and heart-warming debut; one that depicts a precarious and tough existence still suffused with determination and love.
There’s genuine suspense and undeniable cinematic flair… universally accessible.
Lisa Nesselson, Screen Daily
Not precious, but humanist, The Gravedigger's Wife is a striking first from a filmmaker and cast we should hope to see more of.
Sarah-Tai Black, Globe and Mail


Mon 8 Nov
Dendy Newtown 1
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Sat 13 Nov
Ritz Cinemas Randwick 5
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Original Title
La Femme du fossoyeur
Finland, Germany, France
In Somali with English subtitles
Khadar Ayderus Ahmed
Misha Jaari, Mark Lwoff, Risto Nikkilä
Omar Abdi, Yasmin Warsame, Kadar Abdoul-Aziz Ibrahim
Khadar Ayderus Ahmed
Arttu Peltomaa
Sebastian Thümler
Cannes Selected, Africa
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Sales Agent: Orange Studio
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