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HONEYLAND
Ped Mall -The Screening Room
Thursday, Sep 12, 2019 3:30 PM
A woman utilizes ancient beekeeping traditions to cultivate honey in the mountains of Macedonia. When a neighboring family tries to do the same, it becomes a source of tension as they disregard her wisdom and advice.
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General Admission Adult Matinee - $7.50
General Admission Children (12 and younger) - $6.50
General Admission UI Student (with valid ID) - $6.50
General Admission Seniors (60+) - $6.50

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"An unforgettable verite character study." - Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

"This is a tender story about the chaos of abandoning the common good." - David Ehrlich, Indiewire

"Pulses with vividly observed detail, offering a patient, intimate, and complex portrait of a disappearing way of life."
- Keith Watson, Slant

WINNER: World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary - Sundance Film Festival
WINNER: Special Jury Award - CineDoc Tbilisi
WINNER: Best Documentary - Montclair Film Festival

Nestled in an isolated mountain region deep within the Balkans, Hatidze Muratova lives with her ailing mother in a village without roads, electricity or running water. She's the last in a long line of Macedonian wild beekeepers, eking out a living farming honey in small batches to be sold in the closest city - a mere four hours' walk away. 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. Hatidze optimistically meets the promise of change with an open heart, offering her affections, her brandy and her tried-and-true beekeeping advice.

It doesn't take long however, before Hussein, the itinerant family's patriarch, senses opportunity and develops an interest in selling his own honey. Hussein has seven young mouths to feed and nowhere to graze his cattle, and he soon casts Hatidze's advice and aside in his hunt for profit. This causes a breach in the natural order that provokes a conflict with Hatidze that exposes the fundamental tension between nature and humanity, harmony and discord, exploitation and sustainability. Even as the family provides a much-needed respite from Hatidze's isolation and loneliness, her very means of survival are threatened.

The debut feature from documentarians Ljubo Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska, Honeyland was shot over three years by a skeleton crew committed to an intimate collaboration between filmmakers and subject. Honeyland is made with the widescreen sweep of an epic, visually ambitious and driven by an unexpectedly dramatic narrative and a surprising sense of humor. It's a tough a tender portrait of the delicate balance between humankind and nature, a glimpse at a fast disappearing way of life, and an unforgettable testament to one extraordinary woman's resilience.