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The Gravedigger’s Wife

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The Gravedigger’s Wife

by Khadar Ahmed

In times of misfortune, Guled and his family have to push themselves to the limits in order to find strength to re-unite their family.

Drama / Germany / France / Finland, 90 min., 2021
HD – color – Dolby SRD
Language: Somali
World Premiere: Cannes | Semaine de la Critique | 07. – 15.07.2021

Middle-aged Guled, a kindhearted gravedigger living with his family in the outskirts of Djibouti city, is working hard to make ends meet. His 13-year old son Mahad spends more time on the streets with homeless children than at home, and his beloved wife Nasra suffers from a chronic kidney disease and desperately needs an operation. Otherwise, she will not survive.
In order to fund Nasra’s operation, Guled should quickly be able to collect as much money as a gravedigger normally earns in a year. But how far Guled and Mahad are willing to go in order to save Nasra’s life? The Gravedigger 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 reunite.

THE GRAVEDIGGER’S WIFE is a family story about finding strength, sustaining love and force in the most difficult times. It’s about loving under impossible conditions, pushing beyond your limits, risking your own life in order to do what you believe in when nobody else does.

actor / actress
role
OMAR ABDI Guled Daud
KADAR ABDOUL-AZIZ IBRAHIM Mahad
YASMIN WARSAME Nasra
SAMALEH ALI OBSIEH Ali
HAMDI AHMED OMAR Hassan
SERMAAN ABDOULKADER OMAR Fuad
AWA ALI NOUR Zahra (junge Mutter)
AMINA AYANLEH OMAR Nimco
author & director Khadar Ayderus Ahmed
producers Misha Jaari & Mark Lwoff, Risto Nikkilä,
Thanassis Karathanos & Martin Hampel,
Stéphane Parthenay & Robin Boespflug-Vonier
production TWENTY TWENTY VISION
FILMPRODUKTION GMBH (Deutschland), BUFO OY (Finnland) und PYRAMIDE PRODUCTIONS (Frankreich)
in co-production with ZDF/ARTE, YLE
supported by  FFHSH – Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein
Doha Film Institut
The Finnish Film Foundation
WCF – World Cinema Fund Africa
AFAC – The Arab Fund for Culture
CNC – Cinema du Monde
Church Media Foundation
sales Orange Studio France
DOP Arttu Peltomaa
editor Sebastian Thümler
production design
Antti Nikkinen
costum Anu Gould
make-up & hair Nadine Otsobogo-Boucher
sound mixer / recordist Tero Matikainen
sound design Karri Niinivaara
composer Andre Matthias
production manager
Kaisa Roover
1st AD Iiris Juutilainen
1st AC
Petri Kiljunen

World Premiere: Cannes | Semaine de la Critique | 07. – 15.07.2021