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  • The crew spent three years on location, for principal photography.
  • First film to be nominated at the Academy Awards for both Best Documentary Feature and Best Foreign Film.
  • New York Times critic A.O. Scott named this his Best Picture choice--fictional or documentary--of 2019.
  • The documentary takes place in the rural village of Bekirlijia, some 55 km southeast of North Macedonia's capital city, Skopje.
  • The two co-directors discovered the beekeeper while doing research for an environmental documentary. Eventually they shot over 400 hours of footage, on visits to Hatidze's village that lasted for a few days each, sleeping in tents.
  • Co-director Tamara Kotevska explains that "the film works like a mirror. Some people recognize themselves in Hatidze. Some people recognize themselves in the other family."
  • Official submission of Macedonia for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 92nd Academy Awards in 2020.
  • Macedonia's first Oscar nomination since 1995.


  • Since the death of her mother, the protagonist Hatidze has moved away from her village. Now she is living in a village closer to the city, in a proper house, with electricity and water. She is still going back to take care of the bees.
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