Honeyland

Honeyland

DVD - 2019 | Turkish
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Hatidze lives with her ailing mother in the mountains of Macedonia, making a living cultivating honey using ancient beekeeping traditions. When an unruly family moves in next door, what at first seems like a balm for her solitude becomes a source of tension as they, too, want to practice beekeeping, while disregarding her advice.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal, [2019].
Copyright Date: ©2019
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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jocelynmcauley
Jan 25, 2021

An amazing documentary... that I hate.
If you have the emotional capacity to view family, environment, animal, and community violence then by all means knock yourself out and be awed by this 'resilience porn'.
If you find yourself feeling thin, drained, too empathetic... find another film for now.

Such timing of the crew being there makes one wonder about exploitation and "luck"...crafted or well placed or ?

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Bill_L
Jan 14, 2021

Poignant and affecting, a simple but beautiful film.

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jimg2000
Jan 07, 2021

Jaw dropping documentary of a unique human story from the remote Balkan hamlet near the village Bekirlija in the central region of North Macedonia. Everything the critics in its trailer say is true: Tells a story of a forgotten place so strange that most westerners couldn't even imagine it. Out at the edge of the world, a way of life will be threatened. One woman will guard a fragile balance. Pulses with vividly observed detail. Contains worlds in one beautiful story.

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ktwv
Jan 02, 2021

It's hard to make a documentary where the camera is in tight spaces and close up.
Sad to say I didn't make it all the way through.

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lindy919
Dec 11, 2020

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I lasted 5 minutes. Awful.
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wwww
Dec 03, 2020

This plucky near 55 year old woman supports herself and her invalid mother by the sale of her honey which she carries to a modern bustling city and negotiates with sellers. The film is slow and peaceful as it opens a window into the austere life in this area of Macedonia. Then questionable and selfish neighbors move in encroaching on her life and the limited resources available. Fascinating if one is interested in old arts and skills and living in near isolation.

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AureliaReads
Oct 24, 2020

Was surprised to see 93 holds on this obscure indy documentary that I picked up at random. Bleak. Disturbing. Depressing. Thought-provoking.

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Courier2003
Sep 27, 2020

Lots of bees., and extreme poverty.

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rugolin
Sep 14, 2020

Actually the country is called North Macedonia as just a correction in the library synopsis where this film takes place showing the life of Hatidze Muratova as a very lonely wild bee keeper and sole caregiver of an elderly mother. Traditionally the youngest female sibling can't marry till their parents have past on. Her solitude in her abandoned village is ended when a nomadic rowdy family of cattle herders camp themselves near her home. They also want to beekeep and Hatidze tries to teach them her natural and ecological balanced way of taking only half the honey and leaving the other half in hives for a natural sustainable production. She quickly get into a conflict with the family when they decide to exploit the resources around them as quickly and as profitably as they can causing great collateral damage to the bee ecology. Even though a small and bit slow moving documentary it can also be seen as an allegory on how greed and exploitation disrupts the natural world and the people who survived on it's natural cycles.

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Finsth
Aug 29, 2020

Wonderful film.

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jimg2000
Feb 05, 2021

Take that rack and leave the others... so they don't come and attack my bees. There's enough for them and for you. There's ... These are full. You can collect them. The other ones need time.
-Sure, that's what I'll do.
You take half, but you leave half... so they don't attack my bees.
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Bees from breeders who colect their honey earlier... come to my bees... and eat their honey.
-Don't take all the honey out!
I won't.
Don't take it all out!
- I'm not taking it, just placing it lower down. The weather's getting colder. The upper level... The upper level should come out. See, it's empty
Maybe they made it on the other level. No they haven't .
- You put it there yourself. Hatidze's hives have honey on both levels. Ours have none.
Sure they don't. Because you're not taking good care.
-No, it's because you take their honey.
No, you're not taking good care.
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Hatidze, why don't you leave this place?
-If I'd had a son like you... things would have been different. But I don't.

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jimg2000
Feb 05, 2021

To mom:
If you were a baby, I'd just take you up in my arms and run!
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This leg moves slowly.
-Of course it moves slowly. You made it moves slowly. I said 'stretch'. You don't listen.
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I was born in 1964.
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What are you using in the smoker?
-Dry dung.
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When do you collect it?
-This year in September or October. It depends on the weather. Mustafa's closed the place off well. We'll put them there.
Yeah. And the windows are all closed up?
- Yes.
What about the beehives?
-It's clean and closed there. With no garbage. No garbage is good for the bees.
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Look! Not even five left alive!
- It's not because of that, Hatidze.
-I told you to leave half! Look what your bees have done to mine!
We left a frame for each.
-Either you take yours away or I'll move mine!
There nowhere to take them.
- That's not my problem.
Here I have my kids to help me.
- And who will help me? At least you have children. I have none.

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