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Honeyland (Oban Film Club)

All Equal? Shared Planet

Thu 25 January | 1:15pm - 3:15pm

Oban Phoenix
140 George Street
Oban, PA34 5NX
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Film Synopsis: Honeyland

Director: Ljubomir Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska | Countries of production: Macedonia | Year: 2019 | Length: 85 min
Language: Turkish | Age: 12+ years

In a deserted Macedonian village, Hatidze, a fiftysomething 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.


CONTENT NOTES: Contains depictions of death, a dead body and dead / dying animals; some violent / threatening language.


Beyond the Screen

Join Dr Leslie Mabon, an environmental social scientist at Open University, for a post-screening discussion.


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