The Last Honey Hunter
2020 / Film / National Geographic

The Last Honey Hunter




National Geographic, The North Face


Field Producer, Assistant Camera

'The Last Honey Hunter' - Film

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.

'The Last Honey Hunter' - Behind the Scenes


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 | Kendal Mountain Film Festival
Best Short Documentary | Bend Film festival
Audience Choice Award | Kathmandu International Film Festival
Best Cinematography | New York Wild Film Festival
Audience Choice Short Documentary | Thessaloniki International Film Festival


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

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