Fifth about The Seventh

Honeyland

Honeyland: the existence of Hatidže, the main subject of Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov’s documentary, is so removed from urban life she could as well be leaving on another plant. Her days as a beekeeper are replete with hardship, but she goes through them with dignity, care, and respect, both for the people that surround her and the environment that sustains her. The bitter dispute that arises with her sudden neighbors gives the film its conflict and a clearer justification for her ways. The film is observational and its pace slow, but the experience is rewarding, partly because of the strength of the subject, partly because its message is so strong and clearly defended, and partly because the images are mesmerizing. Cinematographers Fejmi Daut and Samir Ljuma capture both the expanse of the craggy locations and the many intimate moments beautifully. Editor Atanas Georgiev effectively constructs the story from what must have been an enormous amount of filmed material.

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