Fahrije’s husband has been missing since the war in Kosovo. Widows are not expected to work but she has to provide for her family. She sets up her own small business producing avjar to provide for her kids, but as she fights against a patriarchal society that does not support her, she faces a crucial decision: to wait for his return, or to continue to persevere. The film was inspired by the true story of Fahrije Hoti.
What the critics say….
“Hive builds a strong storyline around the self-reliance and determination of an uneducated country woman, played with glammed-down but riveting cool by a granite-faced Yllka Gashi. The film made a surprise awards sweep at Sundance, taking home the grand jury prize, audience award and directing award in the World Cinema Dramatic competition” - Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter
“Hive is never quite a feelgood film – but there is a tangible sense of joy as Fahrije begins to lead her fellow, long-suffering widows to a place of healing and the promise of better times ahead. And the comeuppance one or two of the menfolk get is definitely mood-enhancing - Philip De Semlyn, Time Out
“The feel-good finale is well-earned and the glimpse of the women on whom the film is based is, for once, not merely a watermark of authenticity, but a genuinely moving vista” - Tara Brady Irish Times
“This is a richly intelligent drama, in which every word and every shot counts” - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Albanian, Swiss German
Closed Captions [CC]
Albania, Macedonia (the former Yugoslav Republic of), Switzerland, Kosovo
Ikone Studio, Spirit