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Hive

Directed by Blerta Basholli
2021
Kosovo
83 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Winner of three major awards at Sundance 2021, this outstanding drama is based on the true story of a Kosovo war widow fighting against patriarchy.
The debut feature by Kosovo-born filmmaker Blerta Basholli is inspired by real-life beekeeper Fahrije Hoti. Seven years after Fahrije’s husband went missing in the Kosovo War, she is struggling to provide for her two children. Her plan to establish a women’s co-operative and sell ajvar (pepper relish) is met with scorn by men in her village. In this patriarchal place, a woman’s morals can be questioned for even the slightest show of independence. But Fahrije is no ordinary woman. Basholli’s lean, punchy script and Yllka Gashi’s superbly controlled central performance bring the legacy of war and the strength of women into sharp and rewarding focus.

Basholli crafts an engrossing, utterly classic tale of overcoming adversity.
Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
Stirring, infuriating, and ultimately hopeful.
Alissa Wilkinson, Vox
Program Strand
Europe! Voices of Women in Film, First Films
Original Title
Zgjoi
Year
2021
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
Kosovo, Switzerland, Macedonia, Albania
Language
In Albanian with English subtitles
Director
Blerta Basholli
Producer
Yll Uka, Valon Bajgora, Agon Uka
Cast
Yllka Gashi, Çun Lajçi, Aurita Agushi
Screenwriter
Blerta Basholli
Cinematographer
Alexander Bloom
Editor
Félix Sandri, Enis Saraçi
Genre
Biography, Festival Award Winners, Focus on Women, Food & Drink, Gender & Sexuality, Human Rights, Politics & Economics, Religion & Belief, Women Directors
Australian Distributor
Icon Film Distribution
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