Date Shown

19th Apr 2023

Hive poster200 A searing Albanian drama inspired by the true story of Fahrije Hoti, and her struggle to survive by starting an organic honey business, with other Kosovo- Albanian widows from the 1999 Kosovo War, in her village. Together they form a community, launching a cottage industry selling local food products, finding solace and companionship as they consider a future without their husbands. Their will to live independently, however, is met with open hostility from the remaining men in the patriarchal village. With comparison to Ken Loach’s work, this powerful film won The Audience Award, Directing Award, and World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, and is a social-realist portrait of women struggling to find a place amongst Eastern Europe’s civil unrest and lingering misogyny. ‘An exemplary first feature (from director Blerta Basnolli)’ Sight and Sound magazine.

Audience Reactions


A: 29, B: 08, C:02, D: 0, E: 0

 A: Gripping and inspiring. Where else would we see a film like that? And it happened only 24 years ago.(A) Incredible – the tragic aftermath of war and the changes in the role of women when no man is there and no closure about their end. (A) Wonderful cinema; very harrowing but beautifully done. (A)
Moving, real and poignant (A) Powerful cinema, which speaks volumes. (A) Outstanding – deeply moving and affecting! (A) Absorbing and inspiring film. (A) Beautifully acted and very moving. Loved it! (A) Great film! (A) Very powerful and moving. (A)
Heartbreaking but powerful– talented acting. (A) I wanted to see this when I first heard the story and this film lived up to my expectations. Very moving (A) Excellent. Adds another dimension to real life and memories. Emotional, moving and memorable.(A)
Superb acting. What a woman – brains, beauty, plumbing, cooking, forgiveness, loving (A) Moving and emotionally draining – what a story! (A) Very good- except for the members who insisted on talking at critical junctures! (A) Great acting & film making. A touch sentimental and crowd-pleasing perhaps? (A) A moving portrayal of the stoicism and fortitude of women, and the devastation of war! (A) Remarkable + emotional portrayal of loss – I will remember this. (A)

B: We need to be reminded about how lucky we are from time to time. (B) Really moving and well produced film (B) Very powerful – wonderful brave women- but women are. (B)
Very good – the horrors of war never cease to amaze me (B) A life affirming film about family and friends brought together by the horrors of war (B)
Of course prescient, currently, perfect cinematography. Tempted to stretch the allegory – worker bees etc. (B) A moving story about the determination of the women, to keep going despite so much opposition, (B)

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