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Honeyland

The peaceful existence of a traditional Macedonian beekeepers faces upheaval when an itinerant family arrives.

Nominated for 2 Oscars, in the categories best documentary and best international film.
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In a deserted Macedonian village, Hatidze, a 50-something 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 manoeuvres 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.

Please note that this film is in Turkish, with Dutch subtitles.

Ljubomir Stefanov & Tamara Kotevska, Republic of Macedonia, 2019, 90 min. Turkish spoken, Dutch subtitles.
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