Honeyland

Honeyland

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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 is 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. She 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 the itinerant family's patriarch, senses opportunity and develops an interest in selling his own honey. Even as the family provides a much-needed respite from Hatidze's isolation, her very means of survival are threatened.

This documentary/drama is an eye-opener and a mind-opener. (Subtitles)