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"This is an immersive portrait, buoyed by a central performance that’s hypnotizing in its sparse naturalism. What Director Blerta Basholli has made is a thoughtful, humanistic exploration of the fortitude needed to summon hope in a time and place resigned to hopelessness."
— A.V. Club

Winner of the Audience Award, Directing Award, and World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance

Hive is a searing drama based on the true story of Fahrije, who, like many of the other women in her patriarchal village, has lived with fading hope and burgeoning grief since her husband went missing during the war in Kosovo. In order to provide for her struggling family, she pulls the other widows in her community together to launch a business selling a local food product. Together, they find healing and solace in considering a future without their husbands—but their will to begin living independently is met with hostility.

The men in the village condemn Fahrije’s efforts to empower herself and the women around her, starting a feud that threatens their newfound sovereignty—and the financial future of Fahrije’s family. Against the backdrop of Eastern Europe’s civil unrest and lingering misogyny, Fahrije and the women of her village join in a struggle to find hope in the face of an uncertain future.

 

Starring: Yllka Gashi

Director: Blerta Basholli

Runtime: 84 minutes

Genre: Drama, Festival Favorite, Free, Woman Directed

Year: 2021

Country: Kosovo

Language: In Albanian with English subtitles