A woman in her fifties rears bee colonies in handmade baskets that she leaves hidden among rocks. Thanks to a secret ritual, the precious liquid they produce is never exhausted. Without protection or help, she is able to tame them to extract then honey and sell it in the capital. Everything is idyllic until, suddenly, new neighbors settle near the hives, destroying her peace and that of her bees.
Just as working bees spend their whole life caring for the queen bee, Hatidze has committed her own life to the care of her mother. The two live in a cabin in a small Macedonian village. The arrival of newcomers, a family with seven loud children accompanied by 150 cows will cause a conflict that could destroy Hatidze’s way of life forever.
Hatidze's story is heartbreakingly moving, and needs no heavy editorialising. Her strength, dignity, resilience and humanity carry the film's truth and weight.— Paul Byrnes · Sydney Morning Herald
Although it starts as a meditation on the hardship and rhythms of rural life, Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska's documentary becomes something more intimate.— Ed Potton · Times (UK)
Honeyland really is a miraculous feat, shot over three years as if by invisible camera - not a single furtive glance is directed towards the film-makers.— Cath Clarke · Guardian