Monday 13th April 2020
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Honeyland is a documentary which follows a wild beekeeper in a remote mountainous Macedonian village after the arrival of a nomad family.
Nestled in an isolated mountain region deep within the Balkans, Hatidze Muratova lives with her ailing mother in a village without roads, electricity or running water. She's the last in a long line of Macedonian wild beekeepers, eking out a living farming honey in small batches to be sold in the closest city, four hours' walk away.
Hatidze's peaceful existence is thrown into upheaval by the arrival of an itinerant family, with their roaring engines, seven rambunctious children and herd of cattle. Hatidze optimistically meets the promise of change with an open heart, offering up her affections, her brandy and her tried-and-true beekeeping advice. It doesn't take long however before Hussein, the itinerant family's patriarch, senses opportunity and develops an interest in selling his own honey. He soon casts Hatidze's advice aside in his hunt for profit which exposes the tension between nature and humanity and threatens her means of survival.
“This is one of the best movies of the year... Over and over again while I was watching it, I was asking myself "How did they get that shot?"” FilmWeek
“Honeyland really is a miraculous feat, shot over three years as if by invisible camera - not a single furtive glance is directed towards the film-makers.” Guardian
Date: 13 April 2020
Venue: Church Rooms, Church Lane, Lostwithiel
Country: Republic of North Macedonia
Director: Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov
Cast: Hatidze Muratova, Nazife Muratova, Hussein Sam
Length: 1hr 29m