Friday, September 27, 2019

"Honeyland" Is A Documentary You Want To See Now

I'm just posting this here to encourage everyone to go to their local theaters this weekend and see the documentary Honeyland. You won't regret it. It is one of those rare documentaries that is meant for and most appreciated on the big screen. If it is showing anywhere near you, go see it. If not, watch for it when it streams somewhere. If you want a synopsis what it is about, then here is a description:

Hatidze lives with her ailing mother in the mountains of Macedonia, making a living cultivating honey using ancient beekeeping traditions. When an unruly family moves in next door, what at first seems like a balm for her solitude becomes a source of tension as they, too, want to practice beekeeping, while disregarding her advice. Honeyland is an epic, visually stunning portrait of the delicate balance between nature and humanity that has something sweet for everyone.

It basically documents a year in the life of a solitary Macedonian woman and how she survives living in a mountain village. It is rare if not unique to have such a chronicle, and I found it thoroughly fascinating, enthralling, and engrossing. There's a reason this was the most awarded film out of this year's Sundance Film Festival, winning the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, a Special Jury Award for Cinematography, and another Special Jury Award for Originality, and if you want to find out why, go see it.