The Gravedigger's Wife

The Gravedigger's Wife

Competition Narrative Films, Finland / France / Germany 2021, 82 Min., somali OV, engl./ger. st

Gulep is always carrying a shovel. Day in, day out, he and his comrades linger in front of the hospital in Djibouti, waiting for the next corpse that they can bury for a little cash. Gulep lives with his wife Nasra and their adolescent son in a corrugated metal shack on the outskirts of the city. Nasra suffers from chronic kidney disease and Gulep must drum up 5,000 American dollars for her operation, otherwise she’ll die… The two are connected by a deep affection for one another. When they look in each other’s eyes, it’s as if they can forget everything else around them. Gulep tenderly washes Nasra’s hair and holds her hand to help make the pain more bearable. The couple’s love for each other is the focus of Finnish-Somali director Khadar Ayderus Ahmed’s story. Gulep also hopes that he can get the needed money in the village of his birth, which he left in a hurry years ago. The camera gives him the necessary support on his arduous journey through the lonely landscape.

Screenings with English subtitles on 04.11. and 05.11.
Screenings with German subtitles on 06.11. and 07.11.

Director Khadar Ayderus Ahmed

Screenplay Khadar Ayderus Ahmed

Producer Misha Jaari, Mark Lwoff, Risto Nikkilä, Thanassis Karathanos, Martin Hampel, Stéphane Parthenay, Robin Boespflug-Vonier

Production Company Bufo Films OY, Työpajankatu 2 A R1 D, 00580 Helsinki, Mail:, Web:

World Sales Orange Studio, 21 rue Jasmin, 75016 Paris, Mail:, Web:

Cast Omar Abdi (Guled Daud), Kadar Abdoul-Aziz Ibrahim (Mahad), Yasmin Warsame (Nasra), Samaleh Ali Obsieh (Ali), Hamdi Ahmed Omar (Hassan), Sermaan Abdoulkader Omar (Fuad)


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