Posted by: bluesyemre | October 7, 2019

The Last #Honey Hunter (A #documentary)



Asdhan Kulung (right) has attached ropes to a hive and holds it steady as Mauli saws it away from the rock. Once pieces of the hive are severed, they will be lowered to the ground with ropes. The process can take hours.

In the steep mountain jungles of Nepal’s Hongu river valley, members of the isolated Kulung culture have risked their lives for generations scaling dangerous cliffs to collect a wild and toxic honey. Deep and dark, the film glides through a misty world of forest spirits, dreams, and woodsmoke to share the story of the leader of the harvest and his final journey.

We owe our access to this story and the trust of the Kulung community to the decade of work the dZi Foundation has done in this remote region of Nepal.

A co-production by and, in association with the dZi Foundation and National Geographic

Read the National Geographic story here by Mark Synnott with photographs by Renan Ozturk:

For a behind the scenes glimpse of the making of the film, here’s an edit by Renan Ozturk for The North Face:

Directed and Edited by Ben Knight
Principle Cinematography by Ben Knight and Renan Ozturk
Produced by Ben Ayers, Renan Ozturk and Travis Rummel
Associate Producer — Jeff Resnick
Additional Cinematography — Matt Irving, Ben Ayers, Taylor Rees
Aerial — Renan Ozturk

The Cartel Award for Best Documentary* | Camden International Film festival
Grand Prize | Krakow Mountain Film Festival
Best Film Mountain Culture | Banff Mountain Film Festival
Best Culture and Nature Film | Bilbao Mendi Film Festival
Best Visuals | Kendall Mountain Film Festival
Best Short Documentary | Bend Film festival
Audience Choice Award | Katmandu International Film Festival
Best Cinematography | New York Wild Film Festival
Audience Choice Short Documentary | Thessaloniki International Film Festival

Academy Award qualifying | Short Documentary Competition 2019

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