Please Note: This film is no longer showing at Railroad Square Cinema

“The opening minutes of Honeyland are as astonishing — as sublime and strange and full of human and natural beauty — as anything I’ve ever seen in a movie. A woman makes her way on foot across wild meadowlands and up a mountainside, carefully stepping along a narrow ledge to a rocky outcropping, where bees have made a hive. Without much protective gear, and apparently without being stung, she extracts several honeycombs and secures them in a sack. Back home, in the valley — she is one of two permanent residents of a hamlet in what is now called the Republic of North Macedonia— she transplants the colony to a stone wall near her house. In the coming months, she sings to the bees and talks to them, explaining the terms of their relationship. When the time comes to take the honey, she’ll leave half of it for them. It’s not a bargain, exactly, since the bees have no real say in the matter, but it is a sustainable arrangement, and one that has survived in this region for generations. The woman, Hatidze Muratova, is an actual beekeeper, and Honeyland is a documentary about her life and labors, a luminous neorealist fable, a sad and stirring tale of struggle, persistence and change” —A.O. Scott, New York Times. Unrated. In Turkish with English subtitles. 85 Min.