The Gravedigger's Wife + Q&A with Khadar Ayderus Ahmed 12A

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This film was last shown on 25 October 2022

The Gravedigger’s Wife is a poetic lovestory 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.

This release is made possible with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery.

The Gravediggers Wife is the first Somali entry ever for Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards. As Khadar Ayderus Ahmed’s first feature film he proves promising for future directorial endeavours; winning awards and nominations across sound and cinematography it’s a film of firsts and feeling.

Ahmed’s artful eye for colour alongside the thoughtful performances of his central cast help to shape The Gravedigger’s Wife into something truly special. A heartfelt and suspenseful depiction of love and survival that is a marked triumph for African cinema.” - The Wee Review

This Screening will be accompanied by a Q&A with director Khadar Ayderus Ahmed hosted by Sheffield councillors Kaltum Osman and Maleiki Haybe.

1 hour 22 minutes


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