The film is available online to stream from 15 - 25 October 2020 for WOMEX 20 Digital Participants only.
Directed by Ava Porter & Farhad Akhmetov
72 mins | Russia/USA, 2019 | Russian, Arabic, Bashkir, Yiddish, Altaian with English subtitles
A rapturous ethnographic look at traditional folk music, Wild Honey presents the ethnic communities of five regions across Russia: the Bashkirs of the Ural Mountains, the Cossacks of the Caucasus, the Molokans of the Southern Steppe, the Ashkenazim and Krymchaks of the Black Sea, and the Altaians of Central Siberia. While on the surface these groups appear to differ, varying in location, religion, and language, they are united through their connection to music — for all of them, song is an expression of everyday life, each note a trace of the ancestral past, each beat a conduit to the future.
Farhad Akhmetov is an interdisciplinary digital media artist who works primarily in film, video, design, and interactive media. Ava Porter is a cross-disciplinary filmmaker, photographer, and installation artist. Akhmetov and Porter have been collaborating since 2012 and formed Fifth Corner Collective in 2018. They have exhibited work nationally and internationally, and have been the recipients of the Fulbright Documentary Fellowship, the Bruce Gellar Memorial WORD Artist Prize, and the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts Grant. Wild Honey is their feature film debut.
Producers Ava Porter, Farhad Akhmetov
Director of Photography Ava Porter
Sound Kinsey Green, Adam Schmidt
Editors Ava Porter, Farhad Akhmetov
Artists Involved Artur Gaisarov, Eli ben Yitzak Perlman, Ravil Lirov, Dobrynya Satin, and New Asia
Film Contact Fifth Corner Films