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. HIVE is a pithy, devastating portrait of loss and our uphill journeys to freedom.
“Basholli’s film is a spare and unsparing portrait of a survivor who refuses to bend to ancient traditions. As storytelling, this is as good as it gets.” – Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News
“It’s based on a true story of feminist defiance and healing that counts as one of the more affecting tales of recovery to come from the conflict…” – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
Blerta Basholli | Narrative | 84 Minutes | Albanian w/English subtitles | $12.99
GCIFF special discount code ($2 off $12.99 price): HIV2OFF