Director : Ljubomir Stefanov & Tamara Kotevska
Country : Macedonia
Release Date : 2019
Duration : 95 mins
Language : Balkan Turkish
Subtitles : Yes
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. It also also portrays Hatidze’s relationship with her bedridden mother and was the first documentary to receive a nomination in both categories in the history of the Oscars.
“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)