Sydney Film Festival

Blerta Basholli – Hive #SydFilmFest

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An outstanding drama based on the true story of a Kosovo war widow fighting against patriarchy.

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19 min. and 42 sec.

PODCAST| Cristiana Palmieri interviews Blerta Basholli, director and screenwriter of the film Hive.

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Director and screenwriter Blerta Basholli shares with FRED that when she became familiar with Fahrije Hoti’s story she felt overwhelmed by the tenacity and the courage of this indomitable woman. Despite being a story profoundly rooted in the Kossovo’s culture and history, Hive is a universal powerful story.

Hive : The debut feature by Kosovo-born filmmaker Blerta Basholli is inspired by real-life beekeeper Fahrije Hoti. Seven years after Fahrije’s husband went missing in the Kosovo War, she is struggling to provide for her two children. Her plan to establish a women’s co-operative and sell ajvar (pepper relish) is met with scorn by men in her village. In this patriarchal place, a woman’s morals can be questioned for even the slightest show of independence. But Fahrije is no ordinary woman.

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  • Reporter
    Cristiana Palmieri
  • Guest
    Blerta Basholli
  • Interviewee role
    Director and screenwriter
  • Film title
  • Festival section
    Europe! Voices of women in film
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