North Macedonia, 2019, 85 min.


Tamara Kotevska,
Ljubomir Stefanov


Atanas Georgiev


Ljubomir Stefanov,
Tamara Kotevska

Rights Holder

Deckert Distribution


Fejmi Daut, Samir Ljuma


Trice Films, Apolo Media

In a deserted Macedonian village, Hatidze, a 50-something woman, 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, she tends to her bedridden mother, occasionally heading to the capital to market her wares. One day, an itinerant family installs itself next door, and the peaceful kingdom gives way to roaring engines, seven shrieking children, and 150 cows. Yet Hatidze welcomes the camaraderie and holds nothing back. But the family’s patriarch makes decisions that could destroy her way of life forever.

2019 Sundance IFF (USA) – Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Film, Best Cinematography Award, Special Jury Award for Impact for Change
Docaviv IFF (Israel) – Best International Film
DocsBarcelona IFF (Spain) – Best Documentary Award
Millennium Docs Against Gravity IFF (Poland) – Bank Millennium Grand Prix, Bydgoszcz ART.DOC Award, Mayor of Gdynia Award, Silesian Grand Prix
Message to Man IFF (Russia) – International Competition (Full-Length Documentary Films)
Moscow IFF (Russia) – Free Thought Documentary Programme
Tamara Kotevska - 1

Tamara Kotevska

Born in 1993 in Prilep, Macedonia. Freelance film director working on documentary and fiction films. Graduated from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts Skopje (Film Directing). Lives and works in Skopje.

Selected filmography

2019 Honeyland

Ljubomir Stefanov

Born in 1975 in Skopje, Macedonia. Has over 20 years of experience in the development and production of documentaries related to environmental issues and human development. Worked for clients such as UN agencies, Euronatur, or Swisscontact. Directed short documentaries THE NOISY NEIGHBOURS (2005) and LAKE OF APPLES (2017).

Selected filmography

2019 Honeyland

2017 Lake of Apples