HONEYLAND

HONEYLAND

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Honeyland is a documentation of a disappearing way of life. Hatidze Muratova, a 50-something woman, spends her time caring for her bees — which she keeps in the stone walls of old structures and in the rocks of cliffs instead of modern bee boxes — and for her mother. Her approach to beekeeping is deeply spiritual and environmentally conscious. This consciousness is rooted in deep tradition and respect for both the bees and the natural world itself. Though she sells her honey in markets in Macedonia’s capital city she refuses to collect more than half of her bees’ honey at a time. Some for us, some for them, she says, time and again. Filmed over three years Hatidze is followed as a nomadic family settles nearby and threatens to uproot her life and that of her bees.

“AS ASTONISHING – AS SUBLIME AND STANGE AND FULL OF HUMAN AND NATURAL BEAUTY – AS ANTHING I’VE EVER SEEN IN A MOVIE.”

- A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“HONEYLAND” MANAGES TO DRAMATIZE – SIMPLY, DIRECTLY, AND WITHOUT SENTIMENTALIXM OR CONDESCENSION – THE IMPORTANCE OF A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO AGRICULTURE: THERE IS INDEED A BETTER WAY – ONE ROOTED IN PATIENCE, TRADITION, AND TRUE RESPECT.”

- Keith Watson, Slant

“AN INDICTMENT OF THE WAY WE LIVE.”

- Gary Garrison, The Playlist

Directed by Tamara Kotevska & Ljubomir Stefanov

Country: Republic of Macedonia
Runtime: 90 minutes
Genre: Documentary, Drama
Language: Turkish, Macedonian & Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles

Rated: PG: coarse language

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