The Gravedigger's Wife
Thursday 17th Nov | 5pm
1h 22m | Finland/ France/ Germany | 2022 | Features
Somalia's Oscar submission is a moving, sometimes quietly biting study of a medically and financially troubled family in crisis.
Guled (Omar Abdi) lives on the outskirts of Djibouti City with his wife Nasra (Yasmin Warsame) and their teenage son. Like his friends, Guled is a gravedigger; known locally as Ambulance Chasers, they make a living off the death of others. Nasra has been diagnosed with a kidney infection and desperately needs treatment. Guled has to somehow come up with $5,000 or Nasra will likely die. Left with no choice, he has to return to his home village to seek the help of the people he once knew, leaving Nasra in the care of their son. Contrasting Guled’s plight with the stunning landscape of Djibouti – the arid environment rapturously shot by Arttu Peltomaa – Ahmed’s understated drama profits from Abdi’s compelling central performance. (Keith Shiri)
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