Honeyland trailer: The last female beekeeper in Europe fights to save her way of life
Humans have been collecting honey from bees for over 10,000 years, and beekeeping plays an essential role in the collection of honey, beeswax, bee venom and pollen for use in medicine and food. Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska's debut film, Honeyland, puts a spotlight on the traditional activities of a beekeeper, more specifically focussing on Hatidze Muratova in Macedonia, who is the last female beekeeper in Europe. The documentary has been lavished with praise on the festival circuit so far and after first appearing at Sundance in January it collected three awards: Grand Jury Prize (World Cinema - Documentary), Cinematography Award (World Cinema - Documentary) and World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award. Watch the trailer for Honeyland above to get a closer look.
In a deserted Macedonian village, Hatidze Muratova lives with her elderly mother, Hatidze is the last in a long line of 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 suddenly interrupted by the arrival of an itinerant family, with their roaring engines, seven rambunctious children and herd of cattle. Yet Hatidze optimistically meets the promise of change with an open heart, offering up her affections, her brandy and her tried-and-true beekeeping advice. But soon Hussein, the family's patriarch, with seven hungry mouths to feed makes a series of decisions that could destroy Hatidze's way of life forever.
Dogwoof are distributing Honeyland in the UK and the film is set for release on September 13. The film was already released in the US on July 26.