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Sunday 6th December 3.15pm CatStrand
Booking essential - limited seating due to booking bubbles. Two households per booking. Local honey will be on sale!
Run Time: 90 mins BBFC: 12
Nominated for best documentary at the Oscars 2020.
This astonishing, immersive environmental documentary began life as a nature conservation video about one of Europe's last wild-beekeepers. The scene is an abandoned village in North Macedoniawhere Hatidze, a woman in her mid-50s, harvests honey sustainably the traditional way from wild hives. "Half for them, half for me," she chants, leaving enough for the bees.
In a deserted Macedonian village, Hatidze, a 50-something woman, trudges up a hillside to check her bee colonies nestled in the rocks. Serenading them with a secret chant, she gently maneuvers the honeycomb without netting or gloves. Back at her homestead, Hatidze tends to her handmade hives and her bedridden mother, occasionally heading to the capital to market her wares. One day, an itinerant family installs itself next door, and Hatidze's peaceful kingdom gives way to roaring engines, seven shrieking children, and 150 cows. Yet Hatidze welcomes the camaraderie, and she holds nothing back–not her tried-and-true beekeeping advice, not her affection, not her special brandy. But soon Hussein, the itinerant family's patriarch, makes a series of decisions that could destroy Hatidze's way of life forever.
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.
A documentary about a Macedonian beekeeper's conflict with her neighbors becomes a lyrical environmental fable. (NYTIMES)
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