House by the lake –


Foto: jip film & verleih
Foto: jip film & verleih
Foto: jip film & verleih
Foto: jip film & verleih

Fahrije’s husband has been missing since the end of the war, like many men in her village in Kosovo. In addition to this uncertainty, the family also has financial worries: their bees hardly produce any honey anymore. Fahrije therefore decides to earn money with home-made ajvar. But the traditional patriarchal village community observes her actions suspiciously and openly condemns her efforts. She is not intimidated, however, and soon other women dare to help her in this almost revolutionary enterprise.


In her award-winning debut feature film, director Blerta Basholli shows a courageous woman who becomes the breadwinner of her family and motivates other women with a similar fate to become independent. “Hive” is inspired by the true life story of Fahrije Hoti, who is now a successful entrepreneur and known throughout the country for her commitment to women’s rights.

Followed by a film talk

  • Credits

    Kosovo, Switzerland, Albania and Northmacedonia  2021

    Length: 84 min

    Director: Blerta Basholli

    Book: Blerta Basholli

    Cast: Yllka Gashi, Qun Lajçi, Aurita Agushi, Kumrije Hoxha

    Version: Deutsch