Winner of the 2019 Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, Honeyland is a mesmerically beautiful portrait of Macedonia’s last wild beekeeper as her way of life faces modern challenges.
Filmmakers Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska filmed beekeeper Hatidze Muratova and her way of life over three years.
Hatidze lives with her frail mother in an isolated cottage without roads, electricity or running water. She spends her days as she has always done, tending her bees and making the occasional four-hour trip to market. As she collects honey by hand from remote caves in the local cliffs, she sings to her bees and abides by the ancient mantra of “one half for me, one half for you”.
Her peaceful existence is challenged when a large nomadic family and their cattle move into the valley. After sharing her ancient beekeeping ways with her new neighbour, her trust is betrayed and her livelihood is in jeopardy when he develops an interest in selling his own honey.
Surprisingly humorous, tender and timeless, Honeyland illuminates the delicate balance between nature and humanity, harmony and conflict and sustainability versus exploitation.
Cast & Crew
Directors Ljubomir Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska
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