Hive (M - Adult themes)
HIVE is a searing drama based on the true story of Fahrije (Yllka Gashi), 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 together the other widows in her community to launch a business selling a local food product. Finding 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.

100% - On Rotten Tomatoes

"Based on true events, the dramatic film Hive takes place in Kosovo in the 2000s, but it speaks to universal experiences of women who overcome discrimination and misogyny to become business entrepreneurs." - Culture Mix

"Hive" seizes and holds your interest simply through the drama created by sympathetic characters trying to surmount awful, unfair hurdles." - New York Times

"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." - Hollywood Reporter

"Blerta Basholli's calmly composed handling of an emotionally-charged true story makes for an outstanding debut feature in Hive." - Screen International
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