Two sisters follow beekeepers hunting for honey through the changing climates of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The bees forage on the former frontlines of the 1990s war, now lush and rewilding, far from industrial and urban development. But honey is vanishing. Bosnian Muslims have long cherished honeybees as divinely inspired and praised honey as medicine. The film conveys climate change effects on bees and shows what Islamic myths teach about living through the end times.
The film production is kindly funded by the Wenner-Gren’s Fejos Postdoctoral Fellowship for ethnographic film, Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism, and International Affairs, and Independent Social Research Foundation. The archival footage and background research owes to the generous patronage of Wenner-Gren, ACLS, and Luce/ACLS.
““Apocalypse is a Heartbreak” is a video companion to the keynote delivered at “Organizing for Apocalypse,” a workshop convened by ephemera & AlterEcos at Copenhagen Business School on December 8-9. The footage from the film (in post-production) and the talk explore the meaning of the heart and its darkest hours in Islamic eschatology and in Sufi practical metaphysics