1 hours 24 minutes | Rated M (Adult themes)
One woman’s fight against the patriarchy, is every woman’s victory.
Fahrije’s husband has been missing since the war in Kosovo, and along with their grief, her family is struggling financially. In order to provide for them she launches a small agricultural business, but in the traditional patriarchal village where she lives, her ambition and efforts to empower herself and other women are not seen as positive things. She struggles not only to keep her family afloat but also against a hostile community who is rooting for her to fail.
Gashi’s sturdy, no-nonsense portrayal of a sturdy, no-nonsense woman doesn’t traffic in cheap inspiration and neither does Basholli’s film. Detroit News
Yllka Gashi’s portrayal of Hoti is excellently controlled… Sight & Sound
It’s based on a true story of feminist defiance and healing that counts as one of the more affecting tales of recovery to come from the conflict… Los Angeles Times
Basholli’s film is a spare and unsparing portrait of a survivor who refuses to bend to ancient traditions. As storytelling, this is as good as it gets. San Jose Mercury News
Somewhere behind “Hive,” I think, you can hear the far-off cry of Euripides’ “The Trojan Women”… New Yorker