Honeyland

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Showings

The Art Theater Fri, Sep 6 5:00 PM
The Art Theater Sat, Sep 7 5:00 PM
The Art Theater Sun, Sep 8 2:30 PM
The Art Theater Sun, Sep 8 7:30 PM
The Art Theater Mon, Sep 9 5:00 PM
The Art Theater Wed, Sep 11 5:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Regular Event
Release Year:2019
Rating:NR
Genre:Documentary
Production Country:Macedonia
Original Langauge:Turkish
Subtitles:Yes
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Tamara Kotevska
Ljubomir Stephanov

Description

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.