Release date: September 29th, 2019
Run time: 1 hr. 27 min.
Direction: Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov
Synopsis: What can we gain from watching the last in a long line of Macedonian wild beekeepers, living 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 carves out a living farming honey 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. Honeyland uses life in a remote village to offer an eye-opening perspective on experiences that should resonate even for audiences halfway around the world. “Honeyland is first and foremost a graceful evocation of interspecies coexistence, of lives lived in delicate balance with the natural world.” –Justin Chang, L.A. Times.