Our review of La Ruche: Women’s Post-War

CRITICISM – A Kosovar widow embarks on entrepreneurship and shakes up the patriarchy. A modest and silent portrait.

Between March 1998 and June 1999, the Kosovo war between Albanian separatists and Serbian forces killed more than 13,000 people. And nearly 3,000 missing. The mountainside village of Krushë was one of the most appalling massacres of the conflict: around 100 men and teenagers over the age of 13 were taken away and shot. This martyr locality is the scene of The Beehivea modest portrait of a widow who defies the patriarchy of her conservative hamlet.

Fahrije does not allow herself to rebuild her life, the body of her husband has not been found. The survivors of the village reject the slightest desire for personal or economic independence. Because she dares to learn to drive, Fahrije is called a “whore” and receives bricks on her vehicle. His next project, the home-made mashed red peppers, arouses even more hostility. Even the other widows disapprove of this entrepreneurial spirit, fearing what people will say.

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