The Gravedigger's Wife


The Main 1 Tue, May 17, 2022 7:15 PM
Capri Theater Wed, May 18, 2022 7:00 PM
The Main 1 Thu, May 26, 2022 5:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00 (+$2 online fee)
Members:$10.00 (no online fee)
Student:$8.00 (box office only)
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Festival Programs:Images of Africa
Emerging Filmmaker Competition
Midnight Sun
Family Drama
Health & Wellness
Oscar Submission
Release Year:2021
Runtime:82 min
Festivals & Awards:2021 Toronto International Film Festival - Amplify Voice Awards
2021 Fespaco - Best Film
Print Source:Orange Studio
Director:Khadar Ayderus Ahmed
Producer:Robin Boespflug Vonier
Martin Hampel
Misha Jaari
Thanassis Karathanos
Mark Lwoff
Risto Nikkilä
Stéphane Parthenay
Cinematographer:Arttu Peltomaa
Screenwriter:Khadar Ayderus Ahmed
Editor:Sebastian Thumler
Composer:Andre Matthias
Principal Cast:Yasmin Warsame
Omar Abdi
Khadar Abdoul-Aziz Ibrahim


In Djibouti City, Guled literally chases ambulances–he’s a gravedigger who competes with others to procure a cadaver for a meager wage. It’s a living… until his wife, Nasra, is diagnosed with kidney failure, forcing Guled and his young son, Mahad, to take desperate measures to raise money for treatment.

Guled and Nasra are a devoted, loving couple. Abandoning their villages to run off together to the big city, they started a family, and eke out a living with gravedigging and other menial work. But Nasra’s kidney failure weighs heavily on the family, as it would take an entire year’s pay to even begin the necessary treatment. Finnish Somali writer-director Khadar Ayderus Ahmed’s poignant and finely observed film is both a damning critique of the health care system and a portrait of people who exist in love despite hideous circumstances. Official Somali entry for Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards.

Director Biography

Khadar Ayderus

Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, Khadar Ayderus Ahmed moved to Finland as a refugee when he was 16. He is the director of the short films “Me ei vietetä joulua” (2104), “Yövaras” (2017). Inspired by a death in the family in 2010, he wrote the screenplay for The Gravedigger’s Wife (2021).