The critically acclaimed film "Hive" will screen this weekend at the theater inside of the DIA.

CultureShift on 101.9 WDET-FM gives you a front-row seat to the latest films playing at the Detroit Film Theatre (DFT).

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Since 1974, DFT director Elliot Wilhelm has curated the films shown in this historic theater inside the Detroit Institute of Arts. The DFT recently kicked off its 2021 fall season. The full schedule, tickets and information about COVID-19 protocols for patrons who are attending can be found via DFT’s website.

Now Showing: “Hive”

This searing new drama is based on the true story of Fahrije (Yllka Gashi), who, like many of the other women in her patriarchal village, has lived with fading hope and burgeoning grief since her husband disappeared during the war in Kosovo. To provide for her struggling family, Fahrije pulls the other widows in her community together to launch a business selling a local food product.


Listen: DFT director Elliot Wilhelm explores the themes of “Hive” on CultureShift:


Together they find healing and solace by daring to consider a future without their husbands—but their will to begin carving out a stable, independent existence is met with hostility. The men in the village both fear and condemn Fahrije’s efforts to empower herself and the women around her, beginning a feud that threatens their newfound sovereignty as well as the financial future of their families.

Against the backdrop of civil unrest and deeply rooted misogyny, Fahrije and the women of her village will not be deterred in their struggle to find hope and justice in the face of a dangerously uncertain future. Winner of three major prizes at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival – the Audience Award, Directing Award and the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic Film – Hive is an eloquent and simply told portrait of loss and the subsequent uphill journey to freedom. In Albanian with English subtitles. (84 minutes)

“Hive” is screening Friday, Dec. 10 through Sunday, Dec. 12 with multiple showtimes. Tickets are available via the Detroit Film Theatre website.

Detroit Film Theatre director Elliot Wilhelm contributed to this web story.

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