Director: Ljubomir Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska.

2019, Macedonia, 87

Cast: Hatidze Muratova, Nazife Muratova, Hussein Sam, Ljutvie Sam.


One of the most gratifying things about entering Cinestudio’s 50th Anniversary Season is celebrating our mission of bringing movies from every corner of the world to Hartford. Check out movies shot in Israel ‘Tel Aviv On Fire’, Russia & Greenland ‘Aquaréla’, the UK ‘Tucked’, Chile ‘Los Reyes’ and more. Made in Macedonia, this gorgeous documentary follows middle-aged beekeeper Hatidze, who lives on the side of an isolated mountain with her mother. Change is only seen with the seasons, until a new family moves nearby. Their profit-driven model stands in contrast to everything Hatidze believes about the world.

“credit should go to the movie’s cinematographers, … They capture a sense of the bees’ microscopic world as they lap up leftover honey, climb out of the water and try to move one of their own after it stops flying.”  Monica Castillo, RogerEbert.com.