Best of the Fests: Honeyland

Wednesday, October 16th at 7:30 pm in ArtSpring

DIRECTOR

Ljubo Stefanov & Tamara Kotevska

COUNTRY

North Macedonia

RUNNING TIME

85 mins

YEAR

2019

LANGUAGE

Turkish with English subtitles

ABOUT THE FILM

The last in a long line of Macedonian beekeepers, Hatidze Muratova ekes out a living harvesting wild honey deep in the Balkan mountains and walking four hours to the nearest city.

Her bucolic existence is disrupted by the arrival of a nomadic cattle-herding family, with their roaring engines and rambunctious children. Despite Hatidze’s open-hearted welcome to her new neighbours, conflicts soon erupt, exposing fundamental tensions between sustainability and exploitation.

Featuring the gorgeous, award-winning cinematography of an epic, HONEYLAND is nonetheless clearly built from an intimate collaboration between filmmakers and subject. With a surprising sense of humour, this tough and tender portrait of a fast-disappearing way of life is an unforgettable testament to one extraordinary woman’s resilience – and her determination to restore natural balance.

This must-see cinematic marvel swept the World Cinema Documentary awards at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

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