Director: Blerta Basholli
Year Released: 2021
With her husband still missing from the Kosovo War, Fahrije (Yllka Gashi) - essentially a single mother - has to take care of her children, her disabled father and sell honey for money ... and then she comes up with an idea to band all the women of her town together to start making homemade ajvar (roasted red pepper and eggplant spread) for the local supermarket. As a true story, it's very empowering and praise-worthy - she was making the best out of an awful situation - but as a movie, it's strictly routine territory as far as social justice is concerned, and it does nothing but beat Fahrije down: people start to "gossip" about her because she has a car and drives alone, her daughter calls her a whore, someone tries to sexually assault her, her supplies get destroyed, etc. It falls in with most of the other Liberal Guilt movies you expect to get cranked out of Sundance, but I can't wrap my head around any civilized location on Earth taking issue with a woman doing everything in her power to work hard and support herself.