The Honey Hunting is a short ethnographic film about Musa and his large family living on an island in the Andaman Sea, a part of Thailand. The island has, in just a few short years, become a popular destination for tourists. The family lives on the seaward side in one of the few villages where Westerners have not yet come to stay. But with the cost of living going up and the fish harvest going down, the family is forced to find other ways to get by. In the film, we see Musa and his sons γο into the jungle on a honey-collecting expedition. But reaching the hive and its honeycomb high up in a tree – and dealing with its angry tenants – is a skilled and risky business.
Lotta Granbom is a PhD Candidate in Social Anthropology at Lund University, Sweden. Her research focuses on how the tsunami of December 2004 and the following tourism development have affected the Urak Lawoi socially and culturally in Thailand.