The award-winning documentary “Honeyland” marks the second collaboration between directors Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska.
Set in Bekirlijia, a rural village in Macedonia, the film focuses on Hatidze Muratova, who follows ancient beekeeping traditions while caring for her ailing mother Nazife.
Despite her efforts to be self-sufficient, political and economic decisions have a profound effect on Muratova and her ability to survive.
Synopses of “Honeyland” can make it seem like a dull, self-righteous nature documentary. Instead, it’s a film filled with contradictions and narrative reversals.
Characters make self-destructive, at times inexplicable choices, often under the guise of kindness and generosity.
Muratova, ostensibly a woman living on the edge of society, possesses a strong set of survivor skills and a wily grasp of cultural change.
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