HIVE, a searing drama based on the true story of Fahrije and her journey to empower herself and the women in her community, has been making waves in the film industry since its release in 2021.
Directed by Blerta Basholli, the film is set in a patriarchal village in Kosovo, where Fahrije takes the lead in launching a business selling a local food product in order to provide for her struggling family. However, the men in the village are hostile towards her efforts and threaten the financial future of Fahrije’s family. The film has been praised for its portrayal of loss and the journey to freedom, and it made history at the Sundance Film Festival by winning all three main awards in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition.
The Hidai “Eddie” Bregu Lectures in Albanian Studies, in cooperation with The Albanian American Community of Illinois and The Uskana Association, are hosting a screening of HIVE and a meeting with starring actress Yllka Gashi. Gashi, who plays Fahrije in the film, will participate in a Q&A session moderated by Dr. Gazmend Kapllani, Chair of DePaul Albanian Studies. The event is scheduled for Saturday, February 25th, from 7-10 PM at the Schmitt Academic Center (SAC) on DePaul University’s campus in Chicago, Illinois.
The event is supported by The DePaul Albanian American Cultural Alliance (AACA) and The DePaul Southeastern European Students’ Association (SEESA). This screening and Q&A session provide a unique opportunity for those interested in the film industry and Albanian culture to engage with Gashi and gain insight into the making of HIVE. As an award-winning film that sheds light on the struggles of women in patriarchal societies, HIVE is a significant addition to the world of cinema, and this event is not to be missed by those interested in film and cultural studies.
HIVE is a powerful and thought-provoking film that has garnered critical acclaim for its portrayal of loss, empowerment, and the journey to freedom. The screening and Q&A session with Yllka Gashi provide a rare opportunity for those interested in the film industry and Albanian culture to engage with one of the leading actresses in the film and gain insight into its making. This event is a must-attend for those looking to broaden their knowledge of film and cultural studies./Atlantiku