Category: feature
Director: Blerta Basholli
Producer: Yll Uka
Country: Kosovo, Switzerland, Republic of North Macedonia, Albania
Year: 2021
Length: 83'
Production Status: completed


The debut feature by Kosovo-born Blerta Basholli won three awards at Sundance 2021. Its inspiration is real-life beekeeper Fahrije Hoti. Seven years after Fahrije's husband went missing in the Kosovo war, she is struggling to provide for her children. Her plan to establish a women's co-op and sell ajvar (pepper relish) is met with scorn by men in her village. A woman's morals can be questioned for even the slightest show of independence. But Fahrije is no ordinary woman. Basholli's lean, punchy script and Yllka Gashi's superbly controlled central performance bring the legacy of war and the strength of women into sharp and rewarding focus. (Sydney Film Festival 2021)

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