“Honeyland is both an immersive experience and an undeniably gorgeous reflection on our relationship to nature.”
– Monica Castillo, RogerEbert.com
“The kind of nonfiction film that gets at much bigger truths about the tragic ways in which any environment, no matter how remote, can be thrown off balance by greed.”
– David Sims, The Atlantic
The most awarded film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Honeyland is an epic, visually stunning portrait of the delicate balance between nature and humanity that has something sweet for everyone. The last female beehunter in Europe, Hatidze lives with her ailing mother in the farthest reaches of the Macedonian mountains, making a living cultivating honey using ancient beekeeping traditions. When an unruly family of nomadic beekeepers move in next door, what at first promises to be a respite from solitude, instead causes a breach in the natural order that provokes a conflict with Hatidze, exposing fundamental tensions between nature and humanity, harmony and discord, exploitation and sustainability. Hatidze’s story serves as a reminder of how closely intertwined these essential connections are, and how much we stand to lose if we ignore them. Directors: Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov (Macedonia/Turkey 2019) 85 min.
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