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In a deserted Macedonian village, Hatidze, a fiftysomething woman in a bright yellow blouse and green headscarf, trudges up a hillside to check her bee colonies nestled in the rocks. Serenading them with a secret chant, she gently maneuvers the honeycomb without netting or gloves. Back at her homestead, Hatidze tends to her handmade hives and her bedridden mother, occasionally heading to the capital to market her wares. One day, an itinerant family installs itself next door, and Hatidze’s peaceful kingdom gives way to roaring engines, seven shrieking children, and 150 cows. Yet Hatidze welcomes the camaraderie, and she holds nothing back—not her tried-and-true beekeeping advice, not her affection, not her special brandy. But soon Hussein, the itinerant family’s patriarch, makes a series of decisions that could destroy Hatidze’s way of life forever.

Every frame of Honeyland pulses with the cycles of life and glows with Hatidze’s magical vitality and optimism. This visually sumptuous, vérité glimpse into a forgotten world is an ode to two endangered and priceless treasures: human decency and the delicate balance of nature.

YEAR 2019

CATEGORY World Cinema Documentary Competition

COUNTRY Macedonia

RUN TIME 85 min


SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY Trice Films

WEBSITE http://www.honeyland.earth

EMAIL tricefilms@gmail.com

PHONE +389 71692990


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Artist Bio

Ljubomir Stefanov

Ljubomir Stefanov was born 1975 in Skopje, Macedonia. He has over 20 years of experience developing and producing communication concepts and documentaries related to environmental issues and human development. His clients have included the United Nations Development Programme, EuroNatur, and Swisscontact.

Tamara Kotevska

Tamara Kotevska was born in Prilep, Macedonia, in 1993. She holds a degree in film directing from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Skopje and has spent the last five years working as a freelance director making documentary and fiction films. Kotevska currently lives and works in Skopje.