NEW YORK — Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska were in a hard-to-reach section of Northern Macedonia — about as far through the Oscars possible — if they come upon the beekeeper who does be their topic within their acclaimed documentary “Honeyland. ”
The filmmakers met Hatidze Muratova, a middle-aged woman who ekes out a hardscrabble and solitary existence harvesting honey with ancient, sustainable methods across the craggy mountainous landscape of the former Yugoslav republic while caring for her half-blind and bedridden mother in a modest home without electricity while working on a short video commissioned by a nature conservancy project.
In Muratova, they respected not only a noble, nearly timeless figure of environmental symbolism but a character that is inspiring of attention. Muratova hadn’t attempted to reside in near isolation; while her town dwindled, she stayed behind to take care of her mom. “Honeyland” is, in ways, her liberation.
“This girl is someone [...]