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Visually stunning, poetic documentary about a Macedonian beekeeper whose traditional way of life is threatened by the arrival of new neighbors.
In a breathtaking mountain landscape, the film follows Hatidze Muratova who braves steep mountain flanks in search of bee colonies, hidden deep in the rocks. Her life, her passion and her income are the wild bees that she cultivates at home according to an old tradition. “Take half the honey, and leave the other half for the bees” – is her golden rule. Home is the small house that she shares with her old mother, somewhere in the quiet northern Macedonian countryside.
Their peaceful life comes to an end when the noisy Hussein arrives and threatens to stay, with his caravan and seven children. Mouths that need feeding, so perhaps Hatidze’s beekeeping is more lucrative than his herd of old cows.
The filmmakers lived with Hatidze and her mother for three years. They chose to make the documentary as basic as possible, because the images and wise words of Hatidze and Nazife speak for themselves.
The film was initially intended for a nature organization, but luckily it founds its way to the big screen. And this did not go unnoticed: 8 international awards, awarded three prizes at Sundance Festival and buried with rave reviews. Honeyland has also been nominated for an Oscar and the documentary was voted one of the best documentaries during IDFA (together with For Sama and The Cave).