A woman in her fifties rears bee colonies in handmade baskets that she leaves hidden among rocks. Thanks to a secret ritual, the precious liquid they produce is never exhausted. Without protection or help, she is able to tame them to extract then honey and sell it in the capital. Everything is idyllic until, suddenly, new neighbors settle near the hives, destroying her peace and that of her bees.
Just as working bees spend their whole life caring for the queen bee, Hatidze has committed her own life to the care of her mother. The two live in a cabin in a small Macedonian village. The arrival of newcomers, a family with seven loud children accompanied by 150 cows will cause a conflict that could destroy Hatidze’s way of life forever.
Tamara Kotevska is graduated in film directing from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts Skopje. 5 years experience in documentary and fiction film making as a freelance film director. Living and working in Skopje.
Ljubomir Stefanov has over 20 years of experience in the development and production of communication concepts and documentaries related to environmental issues and human development. He has worked for clients such as UN agencies, Euronatur, or Swisscontact.
AWARDS AND FESTIVALS
- Sundance, USA, 2019 World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary, World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Impact for Change, World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography
- Hong Kong IFF, China, 2019
- New Films FF New York, USA, 2019
- Visions du Réel IDF, Switzerland, 2019