WILD HONEY

By Farhad AKHMETOV, Ava PORTER

FIFTH CORNER FILMS - as PROD

Art - Culture - Completed 2019

The harmonious universality of musical expression is explored in this rapturous ethnographic look at traditional folk music in five different regions of Russia.

Festivals
& Awards

Eurasia International Film Festival 2019
Official Selection Documentary Program "Objective"
Premio Felix Festival 2019
Official Selection
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2019
Official Selection International Competition
Visions Du Reel Industry 2019
Media Library
Golden State Film Festival 2020
Official Selection
Ethnografilm Paris 2020
Official Selection
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (online) 2021
Doc Market Films
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Art - Culture, First film, Documentary
    • Countries
    • RUSSIA, USA
    • Languages
    • RUSSIAN, YIDDISH, ARABIC, Other
    • Duration
    • 71 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Farhad AKHMETOV, Ava PORTER
    • Producer(s)
    • Farhad AKHMETOV (Fifth Corner Films), Ava PORTER (Fifth Corner Films)
    • Synopsis
    • Guided by folk music, ‘Wild Honey’ presents a rare view of the ethnic communities of five regions of Eurasia: the Muslim Bashkirs of the Southern Ural Mountains, the Christian Molokans of the Caucasus, the Orthodox Cossacks of the Southern Steppe, the Jewish Ashkenazim and Krymchaks of the Black Sea, and the Shamanistic Teleuts and Telenguits of Central Siberia.

      Each region comprises a chapter which, unadulterated by narration or commentary, offers a taste of authentic daily life. While the presented groups differ in location, religion, history, and language, they share a deep connection to music — for all of them, song is an integral part of everyday life, each note a trace of the ancestral past, each beat a conduit to the future. They represent a small cross-section of modern-day Russia, a vast six-million square mile territory inhabited by over 180 different ethnic groups who strive to maintain their ancient languages, religions, and cultural traditions despite environmental, social, and political challenges

      Music is as ancient and universal as speech. A baby’s first exposure to art is the elemental sound of his mother’s heartbeat and, later, her voice as she sings. In ‘Wild Honey’ the seemingly disparate populations that today share a country hold a key, not only to their specific histories or to Russian history, but also to world history. Thus their valuable traditions, as documented in ‘Wild Honey,’ comprise our collective cultural heritage.