Honeyland is an epic, visually stunning portrait of the delicate balance between nature and humanity that has something sweet for everyone. A portrait of a solitary beekeeper, Hatidze, living in the mountains of Macedonia with her ailing mother, making a living cultivating honey using ancient beekeeping traditions. When an unruly family moves in next door, what at first seems like a balm for her solitude becomes a source of tension as they, too, want to practice beekeeping, while disregarding her advice. The most awarded film at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, this film is an exploration of an observational Indigenous visual narrative that deeply impacts our behavior towards natural resources and the human condition. Subtitled.
From the director: The Nagoya Protocol a United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) came into force at the end of 1993 and established global guidelines on access to natural resources. Its objective was the promotion of fair and equitable sharing of benefits for both providers (i.e. land, plants, animals), and users (i.e. humans) of resources. Genetic diversity, or biodiversity, enables populations to adapt to changing environments and a changing climate, contributing to the conservation and sustainability of resources. The “honey crisis” in this film illustrates the risk of ignoring these protocols and upsetting the respect for biodiversity. Hatidze’s story is a microcosm for a wider idea of how closely intertwined nature and humanity are, and how much we stand to lose if we ignore this fundamental connection.
Thursday, September 5 at 7:00 Sunday, September 8 at 5:00Cornell Cinema 104 Willard Straight Hall