Hive is based on the true story of Fahrijewith, with some fictional scenes, set in Kosovo, Southeastern Europe.
A group of women without missing husbands band together to resolve their poverty. Many of the men went to war and never came home, some never found bodies.
Fahrije takes up looking after the bee hives, but is struggling to make ends meet. She gets up the courage to ask for a bank loan so they can purchase some equipment they need. A couple of women start making ajar in her house.
With the help of a local grocery store owner, they find somewhere to sell it. But it’s not all smooth sailing when Fahrije is verbally and physically harassed and threatened by the village men.
Hive is a gritty film about a group of women empowering themselves to become financially independent, against prejudice.
HIVE will release theatrically in Australia and New Zealand on 24 February 2022.
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 that is rooting for her to fail.
Hive won three awards at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Dramatic category: The Audience Award, Directing Award & the Grand Jury Prize. Hive is also Kosovo’s official entry for the Oscars’ international feature category.