Macedonia 2019, 85 min, Turkish, Hebrew & English subtitles

Hatidze Muratova is probably the last female beekeeper in Europe who still extracts honey from natural colonies. The hives are hidden away in mountaintop crevices. In order to reach them she must climb narrow paths and shove her bare hands into the buzzing swarms. The camera follows her for three years: in the remote ramshackle house she shares with her mother, dog, and cat; on her arduous journeys to the bees through the beautiful landscapes of Macedonia; through her enchanting honey-extraction rituals; and on her trips to the market, where she sells it.
This grueling but heartwarming routine is interrupted unexpectedly by a family of nomads. Their plan to set up an artificial bee colony threatens Muratova’s livelihood, but their company, especially that of their children, eases her loneliness. The film won the Grand Prize and the Special Award for Cinematography at Sundance.

Previous Festivals:

Sundance, Hong Kong IFF 2019, Visions Du Reel

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Directors: Ljubomir Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska
Production & Editing: Atanas Georgiev
Production Company: Trice Films, Apolo Media
Cinematography: Fejmi Daut, Samir Ljuma
Soundtrack: Rana Eid
Music: Foltin
World Sales: Deckert Distribution (info@deckert-distribution.com)

CV

Ljubomir Stefanov was born 1975 in Skopje, Macedonia. He has over 20 years of experience developing and producing communication concepts and documentaries related to environmental issues and human development. His clients have included the United Nations Development Programme, EuroNatur, and Swisscontact.

Tamara Kotevska was born in Prilep, Macedonia, in 1993. She holds a degree in film directing from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Skopje and has spent the last five years working as a freelance director making documentary and fiction films. Kotevska currently lives and works in Skopje.