In Honeyland, one of 15 feature documentaries still in contention for the Academy Awards, the indelible main character is Hatidze Muratova, a woman from a remote section of North Macedonia. There she lives a humble existence cultivating honey from wild bees and tending to her very old and infirm mother in the rudimentary hut they call home.
“Hatidze is a born star. We must say that. She really is,” filmmaker Tamara Kotevska observed at an event in March at New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center. “She said, ‘This is my biggest dream, that some journalist come one day and shoot me while I was walking on the hills.