Oscar 2022: Blerta Basholli’s Tale of Independent Woman

Blerta Basholli’s Sundance-lauded Hive makes a statement against patriarchal society.

It follows an independent woman, whose husband has gone missing in the Kosovan war, as she defies systemic misogyny to forge her own food business.

Basholli based her film on the true story of businesswoman Fahrjie Hoti, which is a tribute to female entrepreneurship.

It paints a more hopeful picture for marginalized women, perhaps, than Mexican documentarian Tatiana Huezo’s powerful fiction debut, Prayers for the Stolen, in which a group of girls in a rural Guerrero village grow up under the threat of cartel kidnappings and human trafficking.