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Honeyland

  • Documentary and factual
  • News and current affairs
  • 2019
  • Tamara Kotevska
  • 85 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Documentary about the life of a North Macedonian woman who is one of Europe's last remaining keepers of wild bees.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Documentary-makers Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska were scouting locations when they came across 50-something honey hunter Hatidze Muratova in a remote North Macedonian village. Over the next three years, they would shoot hundreds of hours of film to produce a compelling study of simplicity, poverty and opportunistic capitalism that would receive two Oscar nominations. When not scrambling along mountain ledges to tend to her hives, Hatidze cares for her half-blind mother, Nazife. But their peaceful existence is shattered when fellow Turk Hussein Sam moves into a vacant property with his wife and seven children and proceeds to muscle in on Hatidze's livelihood. Refusing to cast judgement, the directors record the ensuing events with a discretion that examines human nature against the rugged beauty of an implacable landscape. The sequences bathed in golden sunlight are exquisite and there's a gentle poignancy in Hatidze's relationship with her neighbours' younger children. But, be warned, some of the lessons learned are heartbreakingly harsh.

Credits

Cast

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Hatidze MuratovaHatidze Muratova
Nazife MuratovaNazife Muratova
Hussain SamHussain Sam

Crew

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DirectorTamara Kotevska
DirectorLjubomir Stefanov

Details

Theatrical distributor
Dogwoof
Released on
2019-09-13
Languages
Bosnian | Croatian | Turkish | Macedonian | Serbian
Formats
Colour
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