Fahrije’s husband has been missing since the war in Kosovo. She sets up her own small business to provide for her kids, but as she fights against a patriarchal society that does not support her, she faces a crucial decision.

  • International title: Hive
  • Original title: Zgjoi
  • Director: Blerta Basholli
  • Year: 2021
  • Length: 84 min
  • Genre: Drama
  • Country: Albania, Switzerland, Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo
  • Dialogues: Albanian  

Cast: Yllka Gashi, Aurita Agushi, Adriana Matoshi, Blerta Ismaili, Mal Noah Safqiu, Ilir Prapashtica, Blin Sylejmani

Selective list of festivals and awards: Sundance Film Festival 2021 – 3 Awards: Audience Award, Directing Award, Grand Jury Prize,

Director’s biography: Blerta Basholli was born in 1983, Kosovo where she has written and directed short films and documentaries while studying and later working with local film production companies. Pursuing the desire to make films she also worked in a lot of different other jobs including: administrative assistant jobs, managing humanitarian projects, marketing etc. Blerta was educated in film directing in Kosovo, Arts Academy of Prishtina; MFA of Film and TV, NYU, New York. Her last films are: Documentary Black and White (2010), Short Lena & Me (2010).