As colonies collapse and the climate crisis accelerates, bees come into deeper focus in the acclaimed documentary, Honeyland. As a cli-fi chronicle of a remote space and indigenous tradition, Honeyland seems to have few peers in a burgeoning cinema of bees, and beekeeping, on the brink of extinction.
Check down below for the trailer and press release for Honeyland, out now if you can find it, as well as some of my past reports on colony collapse and mass extinction. It stings, eternally.
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.
The most awarded film at 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.
HONEYLAND is an epic, visually stunning portrait of the delicate balance between nature and humanity that has something sweet for everyone.