Nestled in isolated mountains deep in the Balkans, Hatidze Muratova lives in a village without roads, electricity or running water. She’s the last in a long line of Macedonian wild beekeepers, eking out a living farming honey in small batches to be sold in the closest city – a four-hour walk away.
Hatidze’s peaceful life is thrown into upheaval by the arrival of an itinerant family, with their roaring engines, rambunctious children and herd of cattle. Hatidze optimistically meets these changes with an open heart, offering up her affections, her brandy and her tried-and-true beekeeping advice.
But Hussein, the itinerant family’s patriarch, senses opportunity and decides to sell his own honey. This causes a breach in the natural order that provokes a conflict with Hatidze and threatens her very means of survival.
“Stefanov and Kotevska have shaped their observations into a luminous neorealist fable, a sad and stirring tale of struggle, persistence and change.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times