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Honeyland

If one breaks the rule, everyone pays the price

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 – a mere 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. Hussein has seven young mouths to feed and nowhere to graze his cattle, and he soon casts Hatidze’s advice aside in his hunt for profit. This causes a breach in the natural order that provokes a conflict with Hatidze that exposes the fundamental tension between nature and humanity, harmony and discord, exploitation and sustainability. Even as the family provides a much-needed respite from Hatidze’s isolation and loneliness, her very means of survival are threatened.

Director(s): Ljubo Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska
Production: Ljubo Stefanov, Atanas Georgiev, Marjana Shushlevska, Kornelija Ristovska
Music: Foltin
Actors: Hatidze Muratova, Nazife Muratova, Hussein Sam, Ljutvie Sam, Mustafa Sam, Muzafer Sam, Veli Sam, Ali Sam, Alit Sam, Gamze Sam, Ljutvish Sam, Safet Javorovac
 
Year: 2019
Duration: 85 min
Our age recommendation: 16
Language (audio): Turkish
Language (subtitles): English
Country of origin: Macedonia
Shooting Locations: Macedonia
 
Screening rights: Trice Films ()

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Main topic(s): Human Potential
Secondary topics: bees money sufficiency wildlife
Mentions: wild bees honey respect nature farming natural balance off the grid poverty human decency
Topic Page(s): Human Potential The nominated films of past Films for the Earth Festivals. Donated Films

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