SUMMIT, NJ - The Film Society of Summit will present the area premiere of 'Honeyland', which tells the story of the last female beehunter in Europe, on September 20, beginning at 7 p.m. When a family of nomadic beekeepers invade her land and threaten her livelihood, she must save the bees and return the natural balance in Honeyland, (Macedonia).
Following the screening, a discussion will follow with local beekeepers Adriana Compagnoni and Celeste Fondaco.
In the deserted Macedonian village, Hatidze, a fifty-something woman in a bright yellow blouse and green headscarf, trudges up a hillside to check her bee colonies nestled in the rocks. Serenading them with a secret chant, she gently maneuvers the honeycomb without netting or gloves. Back at her homestead, Hatidze tends to her handmade hives and her bedridden mother, occasionally heading to the capital to market her wares.
One day, an itinerant family installs itself next door, and Hatidze’s peaceful kingdom gives way to roaring engines, seven shrieking children, and 150 cows. Yet Hatidze welcomes the camaraderie, and she holds nothing back—not her tried-and-true beekeeping advice, not her affection, not her special brandy. But soon Hussein, the itinerant family’s patriarch, makes a series of decisions that could destroy Hatidze’s way of life forever.
Directed by Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska, the documentary won three awards at Sundance in 2019.
The program will be held at MONDO. located at 426 Springfield Avenue. Tickets, priced at $12 in advance and $14 at the door, can be purchased at summitfilmsociety.com or reserved by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Seating is limited.