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Aya Films

The Gravedigger’s Wife 

Wed 7 December 2022

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A couple stare deeply into each other's eyes whilst dancing  in the midst of a party, they are both smiling widely.

photo by Lasse Lecklin

The Gravedigger’s Wife
Khadar Ayderus Ahmed, Finland/Germany/France, 2021, Somali with English subtitles, 83m

The Gravedigger’s Wife is a poetic love story rooted in Somali culture, but universally felt. It centres around the lengths one man is willing to go to for the people he loves, as a husband is faced with an impossible situation from which to save his family. Through captivating cinematography this film brings a unique portrayal of cinema on Somali terms to the screen. It provides a unique opportunity for UK audiences to bear witness to a Somali love story.

The film is the directorial debut from Finnish-Somali director and writer Khadar Ayderus Ahmed. It premiered during Critics Week at Cannes and made history as Somalia’s first ever Oscars entry in 2021. It has since been warmly received on the festival circuit, winning numerous awards including the coveted Golden Stallion of Yennenga for Best Film at FESPACO, the Amplify Voices Award at TIFF and an incredible five awards at the 2021 Africa Movie Academy Awards.

Plus short: Yövaras (The Night Thief)
Khadar Ayderus Ahmed, Finland 2017, 16m
A Somali man’s car disappears mysteriously at night. When he decides to catch the thief, things take an unexpected turn.




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7:30pm — 9:30pm

Doors open: 7:15pm




Free but ticketed


Wheelchair accessible

Hearing loop

Tickets no longer available