NEW YORK — Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska had been in a hard-to-reach part of Northern Macedonia — about as far through the Oscars as possible — if they discovered the beekeeper who does be their topic inside their documentary “Honeyland that is acclaimed. ”
The filmmakers met Hatidze Muratova, a middle-aged woman who ekes out a hardscrabble and solitary existence harvesting honey with ancient, sustainable methods across the craggy mountainous landscape of the former Yugoslav republic while caring for her half-blind and bedridden mother in a modest home without electricity while working on a short video commissioned by a nature conservancy project.
In Muratova, they respected not just a noble, very nearly timeless figure of ecological symbolism but a character that is inspiring of attention. Muratova hadn’t attempted to are now living in near isolation; while her town dwindled, she stayed behind to take care of her mom. “Honeyland” is, you might say, her liberation.
“This girl is a person who is really a real skill and a great fan of people, ” Kotevska said in an meeting by phone alongside Stefanov. “She’s an extrovert. But life conditions brought her where she actually is. She ended up being caught for the reason that life. Continue reading