Honeyland

This movie would have won an Oscar if it wasn’t for Parasite in the Foreign language category even though it won big in the Sundance Film Festival. It is an engrossing tale of a female bee keeper in Europe who tries to eke out a living and maintain a balance with her environment when a nomadic tribe led by Hussein enters the neighborhood and almost manages to disrupt her livelihood.

Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov, Hatidze Muratova, Nazife Muratova, Hussein Sam,
Honeyland

The film is shot in Macedonia and the Directors Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov were supposed to originally film an environmental documentary. However, they visited the female bee keeper Hatidze Muratova over several weeks at times sleeping in tents to gather over 400 hours of footage from Hatidze’s daily life which eventually transpired in the movie.

It is a nuanced depiction of how humans dwell at times taking their environments for granted or at other times trying to inhabit  with others can be to one’s detriment. One of the quotes of the movie is, ” one half for me, one half for you” which is about a quintessential period in the life of a villager and at times being so used to the rigmarole of the city life, one tends to forget one’s roots.

Beautifully shot trying to encapsulate every happening in a village and it is a definite recommendation from my side.

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