The Gravedigger's Wife

Guled & Nasra

Finland, Germany, France 2021
In Somali, with subtitles in Finnish and Swedish
82 min
Suitable for audiences aged 12 and above
Director: Khadar Ayderus Ahmed
Screenplay: Khadar Ayderus Ahmed
Cast: Omar Abdi, Yasmin Warsame, Kadar Abdoul-Aziz Ibrahim
Production: Misha Jaari, Mark Lwoff, Risto Nikkilä, Thanassis Karathanos, Martin Hampel, Stéphane Parthenay, Robin Boespflug-Vonier / Bufo, Twenty Twenty Vision, Pyramide Productions
Print Source: B-Plan

Showing in the Cannes Critics' Week, The Gravedigger's Wife, the debut film by Finnish-based director Khadar Ayderus Ahmed, is a wondrous, multi-textured tale set in Djibouti. It uses a beautiful love story to talk about the health crisis in Africa and the position of the matriarch in Islam, with a subtext on how the African continent is the forgotten part of the globalised world.

Kaleem Aftab, Cineuropa