Location: Redstone Theater
Dir. Tamara Kotevska. 2019, 90 mins. DCP. In Macedonian and Turkish with English subtitles. Nestled in an isolated mountain village deep in the Balkans, Hatidze Muratova lives with her ailing mother. She is the last in a long line of Macedonian wild beekeepers, eking out a living farming honey in small batches. Hatidze’s peaceful existence is thrown into upheaval by the arrival of an itinerant family, with their roaring engines, seven rambunctious children and herd of cattle.This debut from Ljubo Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska was filmed in glorious widescreen over three years, capturing a rapidly disappearing way of life, illustrating the delicate balance between humankind and nature, and serving as an unforgettable testament to folk resilience. Winner of three prizes at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, including Best Feature in the World Cinema Documentary Competition, awarded Best Documentary by the New York Film Critics Circle, and nominated for three Cinema Eye Honors.