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Country: Kosovo, Switzerland, Albania, Republic of North Macedonia, Language: Albanian, 84 mins

  • Director: Blerta Basholli
  • Writer: Blerta Basholli, Blerta Basholli
  • Producer: Valon Bajgora, Kristijan Burovski, Britta Rindelaub, Tomi Salkovski, Paskal Semini, Agon Uka, Yll Uka

CGiii Comment

A pragmatic film...that will rally all hard-core Western feminists...and, undoubtedly, throw them [collectively] into a tizzy! But, this is not Western, comfy, touchy-feely feminism...this is a post-war, Eastern European tale of...survival. And, on that level, [and, only that level] it succeeds.

But...Ms Basholli had a political agenda which she shamelessly, unsubtly and effectively exploits. If you know nothing about the Kosovo War [yet one more catastrophic failing by the - ridiculously entitled - United Nations]...then, this film will scream empowerment, solidarity, vive la femme! Hooray!

But...if you do know a wee bit of the history [and, what happens when you ignore history?!?]...this pragmatic film [sadly] becomes an idealistic notion of that aftermath [of that war] that still hasn't been resolved, recompensed, reconciled...there are so many post-war words!

Too, too many 'issues' are simply ignored. The complexity was screaming to be heard...to be told...telling it the way it was and [still] is. As a film, it's okay [sorry to use that dreadfully bland word]...but, as a statement, it needs a bold revision!


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The(ir) Blurb...

Fahrije's husband has been missing since the war in Kosovo. She sets up her own small business to provide for her kids, but as she fights against a patriarchal society that does not support her, she faces a crucial decision.

Cast & Characters

Yllka Gashi (as Fahrije)
Cun Lajci (as Haxhi)
Aurita Agushi (as Zamira)
Kumrije Hoxha (as Nazmije)
Adriana Matoshi (as Lume)
Molikë Maxhuni (as Emine)
Blerta Ismaili (as Edona)
Kaona Sylejmani (as Zana)
Mal Noah Safqiu (as Edon)
Xhejlane Terbunja (as Melisa)
Ilir Prapashtica (as Instructor)
Bislim Muçaj (as Waiter)
Blin Sylejmani (as Edi)
Shkelqim Islami (as Ardian)
Adem Karaga (as Rasim)
Zarije Jonuzi Çeliku (as Hana)
Astrit Kabashi (as Bahri)
Luan Kryeziu (as Selman)
Valire Haxhijaj Zeneli (as Mihrie)
Arta Lahu (as The girl talking about Fahrije)
Semira Latifi (as Flutura)
Valmir Krasniqi (as The boy at school that swears at Fahrije)
Labinot Lajçi (as Gent)
Armend Smajli (as Agim)
Aulona Selmani (as Anisa)