The Last Honey Hunter (2017) directed by Ben Knight

The story of short Film made; The Last Honey Hunter a Documentary short film presenting by FELT SOUL MEDIA. 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 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:

Short Film - Watch:

Short Film - Awards:

  • 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

Short Film - Credits:

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 Last Honey Hunter (2017) directed by Ben Knight
The Last Honey Hunter (2017) directed by Ben Knight

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