Honeyland
 
 
Directed by Ljubomir Stefanov / Tamara Kotevska, Macedonia 2019
95 mins. Balkan Turkish dialogue with English sub-titles
 
Summary:
 

Portraying the life of Hatidze Muratova, a loner beekeeper of wild bees who lives in the remote mountain village of Bekirlija, and follows her lifestyle before and after neighbours move in next door. Climate change, bio-diversity loss and exploitation of natural resources are all explored and the film literally swarms with truths about greed, respect and animal husbandry. The documentary also portrays Hatidze's relationship with her bedridden mother.

Honeyland contains elements of several documentary styles, including fly-on-the-wall, direct cinema and cinéma vérité. The documentary received numerous awards and nominations at film festivals, including three awards at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and two nominations at the 92nd Academy Awards in the categories for Best International Feature Film and Best Documentary Feature. Honeyland is the first documentary to receive a nomination in both categories in the history of the Oscars.

 
What the Critics say:
 
"Hatidze's story is heartbreakingly moving, and needs no heavy editorialising. Her strength, dignity, resilience and humanity carry the film's truth and weight."  (Paul Byrnes - Sydney Morning Herald)