Fespaco 2021: Khadar Ayderus Ahmed wins the Yennenga Gold Standard

Khadar Ayderus Ahmed, director of “The Gravedigger's Wife”, presented at the Cannes Film Festival, at Critics' Week.

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The Somali director received the supreme award from the Ouagadougou Film Festival (Burkina Faso) for his film “The Gravedigger's Woman”.


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With our special correspondent in Ouagadougou,

Guillaume Thibault

It is the story of a loving couple who live with their son in the poor neighborhoods of Djibouti;

But the balance of this family is threatened because the mother is ill, and her gravedigger husband cannot earn enough money to cover health costs.

This film relates the battles of a man to save his partner, to keep his family together.

Khadar Ayderus Ahmed, 40, was not present this evening in Ouagadougou to receive this prestigious Gold Standard of Yennenga from Fespaco 2021. “ 

For any African filmmaker, this is the best price one can have, c 'is a great source of pride

 ,' declared Mauritanian Abderrahmane Sissako, president of the festival jury.

► Reread the interview with Khadar Ayderus Ahmed on the occasion of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival: 

"Somalia is a nation of storytellers"


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