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The Gravedigger’s Wife

  Khadar Ayderus Ahmed

  France, Somalia, Germany, Finland     82 minutes


In Djibouti City in the Horn of Africa, Guled (Omar Abdi) is among a group of men who eke out a meager living burying the bodies that are delivered to a local hospital. When his beloved wife Nasra (Yasmin Warsame) contracts a kidney infection, the couple finds themselves in dire straits as a transplant is financially out of reach. Pragmatic Nasra resolves to enjoy her remaining days with her husband and son, but Guled cannot let her go—and he resolves to do the one thing in his power to save her from her fate. A poetic ode to the unshakable bond the couple share, The Gravedigger’s Wife finds great beauty in sorrow and in the grand gestures and tender moments between two people deeply in love.

 Somali with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

In-Theater Screening

Sat, Oct 16 @ 4:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

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Virtual Screening

Available to stream Oct 14 @ 12:00pm CDT to Oct 24 @ 11:59pm CDT in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin

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Special Event

Thurs, Oct 14 @ 4:00pm CDT

Livestream Q&A with director Khadar Ayderus Ahmed.

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Film Credits

  •   Bufo, Twenty Twenty Vision, Pyramide Productions
  •   Khadar Ayderus Ahmed
  •   Sebastian Thümler
  •   Arttu Peltomaa
  •   Omar Abdi, Yasmin Warsame, Kadar Abdoul-Aziz Ibrahim
  •   Andre Matthias
  •   Bufo, Twenty Twenty Visions, Pyramide Productions