NEW YORK — Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska had been in a hard-to-reach part of Northern Macedonia — about as far through the Oscars possible — if they come upon the beekeeper that would be their topic within their documentary “Honeyland that is acclaimed. ”
While focusing on a brief video clip commissioned with a nature conservancy task, the filmmakers came across Hatidze Muratova, a middle-aged girl who ekes away a hardscrabble and solitary presence harvesting honey with ancient, sustainable techniques over the craggy mountainous landscape of this previous Yugoslav republic while taking care of her half-blind and bedridden mom in a modest house without electricity.
In Muratova, they respected not merely a noble, nearly timeless figure of ecological symbolism but an inspiring character deserving of attention. Muratova hadn’t attempted to reside in near isolation; while her town dwindled, she stayed behind to take care of her mother. “Honeyland” is, in ways, her liberation. (more…)