Loft Cinema Film Festival: Hive
CMES and Loft Cinema have become community partners for the next few weeks to present award-winning films focusing on Middle Eastern stories and creators! This is the final film during our partnership, Hive.
Hive, the debut feature by Kosovo-born filmmaker Blerta Basholli, is a searing drama based on the true story of beekeeper Fahrije Hoti, 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, Fahrije (Yllka Gashi) 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. Winner of the Audience Award, Directing Award, and World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance (the first film in Sundance history to win all three awards), Hive is a devastating portrait of loss and the uphill journey to freedom. (Dir. by Blerta Basholli, 2021, Kosovo, in Albanian with English subtitles, 84 mins., Not Rated)
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