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The Gravedigger's Wife

Spring Grants 2020
Current project status: COMPLETED

Khadar Ayderus Ahmed / Feature Narrative / Finland, Somalia, France, Germany, Qatar / 70 min / Original Language: Somali / Interests: Drama


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


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

About the Director

Finnish writer-director Khadar Ayderus Ahmed, born in Mogadishu 40 years ago, has directed several successful short films, such as the acclaimed ‘The Night Thief’ (2017). In addition, he has made a notable career as a scriptwriter, having written the feature drama ‘Unexpected Journey’ (together with director Samuli Valkama, 2017) and the successful short film ‘Citizens’ awarded in Locarno and Angers (directed by Juho Kuosmanen, 2008). ‘The Gravedigger’s Wife’ is his first feature film.

Production Company Profile

Founded in 2007 and led by producers Misha Jaari and Mark Lwoff, Bufo has produced a number of films of which many have received international recognition. Based in Helsinki, the ambitious and thrill-seeking company concentrates on plot-driven and meaningful stories that can also entertain big audiences. Bufo's latest productions include 'The Human Part' by Juha Lehtola (2018) and Aki Kaurismäki's Berlinale Winner 'The Other Side of Hope' (2017, co-produced with Sputnik). Bufo has also produced such films as 'Concrete Night' by Pirjo Honkasalo (Finland's official entry for the Oscars in 2014) and Academy Award winner Jörn Donner's 'Armi Alive!' (2015).

Awards and Festival History


WP Critics' Week, Cannes 2021


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