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Kosovan Film “Hive” Enters the US Film Scene

The Kosovan film “Hive premiered at the Sundance film festival earlier this year, making Sundance history by being the first film to win an award in each of its three major categories: the Grand Jury Prize, the Audience Award, and the Director Award. “Hive” has since been showcased in multiple film festivals, gaining multiple nominations and award wins. The movie is Kosovo’s official entry for the Best International Feature Film category at the 94th Academy Award, and will officially be released to select US theaters this November.

“Hive” follows protagonist Fahrije as she starts her own business selling a local food product and honey to provide for her children after her husband goes missing in the war in Kosovo. As Fahrije builds her business, she inspires other widowed women to join her. While they find healing in one another and independence, the women are met with backlash for going against the patriarchal expectations of their society. 

Yllka Gashi in “Hive,” a film by Blerta Basholli. Photo: Alexander Bloom.

“Hive,” at its core, is about women fighting against the toxic misogyny that oppresses them in their daily lives. Written and directed by Blerta Basholli, this film is her directorial debut. After its positive critical reception, Basholli is certainly a breakthrough director to follow.

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Morgan Holly is the Assistant Managing Editor and a writer for The Independent. A part of the Writing, Literature, and Publishing program at Emerson College, she is currently pursuing her masters degree in publishing. She is passionate about gothic literature, the movie theater experience, and committing her favorite movie lines to memory. She loves watching original films as well as seeing the stories she has read take on a new life on screen. When she’s not working, you can find Morgan perusing local independent bookstores or hanging out with her cat named Kat.

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