37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024


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In her first feature film, writer-director Blerta Basholli delves into the true story of Fahrije Hoti, a mother who must find a way to overcome economic hardship several years after her husband’s disappearance during the Kosovo War. Hoti, who is shackled by the restraints of womanhood in a patriarchal society, decides to gather the women of the town to make and sell honey and ajvar, a roasted red pepper spread that is common in the Balkans. While her goal is merely to make enough money to survive, Hoti’s actions are viewed by many, including her family members, as a revolt. Though she faces both verbal and physical attacks, Hoti is determined to persevere. This empowering tale, told in a simplistic and plain style, comments on the journey to overcoming hardship and finding power in a town rampant with misogyny and judgement.  Introduction by Ilya Tovbis (VAFF)

This is a foreign-language film presented with English subtitles.

This film is part of the Women in Film series.


Saturday, October 30


3:00 PM


Violet Crown 6 & 7

Film Info

Director: Blerta Basholli

Runtime: 84 min.

Year: 2021

Country: Kosovo, Switzerland, Republic of Macedonia, Albania

Language: Albanian

Accessibility: Subtitles

Featuring: Yllka Gashi, Cun Lajci, Aurita Agushi.