Honeyland / МЕДЕНА ЗЕМЈА

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, 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.



Country of Production

Year of Production


85 min

Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska

Trice Films in co-production with Apolo Media

Original Language
Turkish dialect


Festivals / Awards

Sundance IFF 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 2019
New Directors/New Films FF New York 2019
Visions du Réel Nyon 2019
The Magnificent Seven IDF Belgrade 2019
San Francisco IFF 2019
Frames of Representation IFF London 2019
Sarasota IFF 2019 (Special Jury Award)
Moscow IFF 2019
Hot Docs Toronto 2019
Montclair FF 2019 (Bruce Sinofsky Award)
IsReal Festival Sardinia 2019
CinéDoc Tbilisi 2019 (Special Jury Award)
DOK.fest Munich 2019
Docs Against Gravity Warsaw 2019 (Bank Millennium Grand Prix // Bydgoszcz ART.DOC Award // Mayor of Gdynia Award // Silesian Grand Prix)
DocsBarcelona 2019 (TV3 Award to the Best Film)
Seattle IFF 2019, USA
DocAviv 2019 (Best International Film Award)
FICMEC 2019 (Best Documentary Feature Award)
Krakow IFF 2019
Berkshire IFF 2019
Doc Edge IFF 2019
Sydney IFF 2019
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019
Étonnants-Voyageurs 2019
Shanghai IFF 2019
Taipei IFF 2019