el Documental del mes September 2020


Ljubomir Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska

2019 85 min.

Original Version in Turkish dialect with Catalan and Spanish subtitles


Technical specs

    • Direction: Ljubomir Stefanov & Tamara Kotevska
    • Main character: Hatidze Muratova
    • Production: Atanas Georgiev (Trice Films)
    • Coproduction: Ljubomir Stefanov (Apolo Media)
    • Photography: Fejmi Daut, Samir Ljuma
    • Edit: Atanas Georgiev
    • Sound: Rana Eid
    • Music: Foltin
    • Distribution: DocsBarcelona Distribution

Audience award 2020

3.8/5 (1)



A woman in her fifties rears bee colonies in handmade baskets that she leaves hidden among rocks. Thanks to a secret ritual, the precious liquid they produce is never exhausted. Without protection or help, she is able to tame them to extract then honey and sell it in the capital. Everything is idyllic until, suddenly, new neighbors settle near the hives, destroying her peace and that of her bees.

Just as working bees spend their whole life caring for the queen bee, Hatidze has committed her own life to the care of her mother. The two live in a cabin in a small Macedonian village. The arrival of newcomers, a family with seven loud children accompanied by 150 cows will cause a conflict that could destroy Hatidze’s way of life forever.

About direction (Ljubomir Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska)

  • Tamara Kotevska is graduated in film directing from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts Skopje. 5 years experience in documentary and fiction film making as a freelance film director. Living and working in Skopje.
  • Ljubomir Stefanov has over 20 years of experience in the development and production of communication concepts and documentaries related to environmental issues and human development. He has worked for clients such as UN agencies, Euronatur, or  Swisscontact.

Awards & Festivals

  • Nominated at Oscars to Best International Feature Film and Best Feature Documentary – USA, 2020
  • World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, Sundance – USA, 2019
  • Special Jury Award for Impact for Change, Sundance – USA, 2019
  • Special Jury Award for Cinematography, Sundance – USA, 2019
  • Golden Athena Best Documentary Award, Athens International Film Fest – Greece, 2019
  • Jury Award, BIFF – USA, 2019
  • Nomination on Cinema Eye Honours Award – USA, 2020
  • Best First Documentary & Most Compelling Subject, Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards – USA, 2020
  • Best International Film, DocAviv Film Fest – Israel, 2019
  • Premio TV3 a Mejor Documental, DocsBarcelona – Spain, 2019
  • Pare Lorenz Award, International Documentary Association – USA, 2019
  • Bydgoszcz ART.DOC Award, Millennium Docs Against Gravity – Poland, 2019
  • Grand Prix Bank Millenium Award, Millennium Docs Against Gravity – Poland, 2019
  • The Mayor of Gdynia Award to Best Documentary, Millennium Docs Against Gravity – Poland, 2019
  • Bruce Sinofsky Prize for Documentary Feature, Montclair Film Festival – USA, 2019
  • International Competition Award, Mumbai Film Festival – India, 2019
  • Special Jury Prize, Sarasota Film Festival – USA, 2019
  • Environmental Law Organization's – Bellona Prize & Centaur Award to Best Debut, St. Petersburg Message to Man Film Festival – Russia, 2019
  • Critics Award to International Film & New Directors Competition Award to Best Documentary, São Paulo International Film Festival – Brazil, 2019
  • Espiga Verde, SEMINCI Valladolid – Spain, 2019
  • Nomination on European Documentary, European Film Awards – Germany, 2019
  • Nomination on Phoenix Award, Film Festival Cologne – Germany, 2019
  • Nomination on Best Documentary, Independent Spirit Awards – USA, 2020
  • Nomination on Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures, Producers Guild Awards – USA, 2020
  • Nomination on Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival – USA, 2019
  • Nomination on Heart of Sarajevo to Best Documentary, Sarajevo Film Festival – Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2019
  • Nomination on Audience Award, Sydney Film Festival – Australia, 2019
  • Hong Kong IFF – China, 2019
  • New Films FF – USA, 2019
  • Visions du Reél – Switzerland, 2019