Directed by: Tamara Kotevska & Ljubomir Stefanov
Staring: Hatidze Muratova, Nazife Muratova & Hussein Sam
The most awarded film out of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival,Honeyland is the first film to compete for both the best documentary award and best international feature film. It tells the fascinating story of a wild beekeeper in the Balkans. It has a strong ecological message but it is the life story of the woman, Hatidze, at the centre of the film which has resonated with viewers worldwide. When a cow herder, his wife and seven rowdy children move in to the otherwise uninhabited village, she welcomes the company. She even teaches him beekeeping though cautions him not to take too much honey. Her warnings go unheeded with terrible consequences. Honeyland is a miraculous feat, shot over three years as if by an invisible camera, with not one furtive glance towards the film-makers.