Winner of three major awards at Sundance 2021 (World Cinema Audience, Directing and Grand Jury Prize honors), 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
Hive is an ode to resilience, ambition and optimism, a story that’s heart-rending and empowering all at once. It’s also, perhaps more importantly, a rare insight into Kosovo culture and history.
Albanian language with English subtitles
Critics are saying...
“The film is stirring, infuriating, and ultimately hopeful.” Vox
"Basholli crafts an engrossing, utterly classic tale of overcoming adversity." The Hollywood Reporter
“Driving for her life, the woman at the center of Blerta Basholli’s auspicious tale of female resilience... is also struggling with the way ingrained customs operate in the 21st century. Set in Kosovo during the early 2000s, the movie is based on a true story. Amid the characters’ fight for autonomy, the director also tackles the open wounds of a deadly episode in the history of the young Balkan country.” RogerEbert.com