Archive of films Hive / Zgjoi

Kosovo / Switzerland / North Macedonia / Albania
2021, 84 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2021

Like many women in Kosovo, Fahrije is hoping for any news that would shed light on what happened to her husband. Widows aren’t supposed to work, yet times are hard and she is forced to defy the judgement of her community. She starts up a successful business producing ajvar with other widows and, despite initial opposition from their families, as working women they are now able to appreciate their sense of self-worth. The film won the hearts of both the audience and the jury at this year’s Sundance festival.


Like many women in Kosovo, Fahrije is hoping for any news about her husband, still missing seven years after the war. Widows are not expected to work, however, she has to provide for her family and conservative public opinion is the last thing on her mind. The determined heroine gets together with other widows to start up a business making ajvar which they supply to a supermarket, although just having the nerve to drive a car is deplored by the community. Despite initial opposition from their families, as working women they are now able to find their sense of freedom and self-worth. Yet their lost husbands and sons are always in their thoughts. The film was inspired by the true story of Fahrije Hoti and in international competition at Sundance it won the Grand Jury Prize, the Directing Award and the Audience Award.

Vít Kořínek

About the director

Blerta Basholli

Blerta Basholli. Filmography: Mirror, Mirror... (2006, short doc.), Lena dhe Unë (2011, short), Hive (Zgjoi, 2021).


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Blerta Basholli
Screenplay: Blerta Basholli
Dir. of Photography: Alexander Bloom
Music: Julien Painot
Editor: Félix Sandri, Enis Saraçi
Producer: Yll Uka, Valon Bajgora, Agon Uka
Production: Ikonë Studio, Industria Film
Coproduction: Alva Film Production, Black Cat Production, Albasky Film
Cast: Yllka Gashi, Çun Lajçi, Aurita Agushi, Kumrije Hoxha, Adriana Matoshi, Kaona Sylejmani, Ilir Prapashtica, Astri Kabashi, Molikë Maxhuni, Blerta Ismaili
Sales: LevelK

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