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Vanishing of the Bees (2009)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History | 9 October 2009 (UK)
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This documentary takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee. The film examines our current ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Ellen Page ... Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bret Adee Bret Adee ... Himself - World's Largest Beekeeper
Dennis Cardoza Dennis Cardoza ... Himself - Representative, California
Henri Clement Henri Clement ... Himself - UNAF President
Jay Feldman Jay Feldman ... Himself - Executive Director, Beyond Pesticides
Emilia Fox ... Herself - Narrator
Maryann Frazier Maryann Frazier ... Herself - Department of Entomology, Penn State University
Jean Glavany Jean Glavany ... Himself - French Politician
Davey Hackenberg Davey Hackenberg ... Himself - Beekeeper, Lewisberg, Pennsylvania
David Hackenberg David Hackenberg ... Himself - Beekeeper, Lewisberg, Pennsylvania
Gunther Hauk Gunther Hauk ... Himself - Author, Toward Saving the Honeybee
Wayne Larsen Wayne Larsen ... Himself - Pesticide Applicator
Dee Lusby Dee Lusby ... Herself - Founder, Organic Beekeeping Group
David Mendes David Mendes ... Himself - Beekeeper, Fort Myers, Florida
Philipp Mimkes Philipp Mimkes ... Himself - Coalition Against Bayer Dangers


This documentary takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee. The film examines our current agricultural landscape and celebrates the ancient and sacred connection between man and the honeybee. The story highlights the positive changes that have resulted due to the tragic phenomenon known as "Colony Collapse Disorder." To empower the audience, the documentary provides viewers with tangible solutions they can apply to their everyday lives. Vanishing of the Bees unfolds as a dramatic tale of science and mystery, illuminating this extraordinary crisis and its greater meaning about the relationship between humankind and Mother Earth. The bees have a message - but will we listen? Written by Anonymous

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English | German | French

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9 October 2009 (UK) See more »

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Bienen - Himmelsvolk in Gefahr See more »

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Australia See more »


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$500,000 (estimated)
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A Must-See
16 June 2011 | by tmhol37See all my reviews

This film, like many other noteworthy independent documentaries that aim to educate the public, is necessary viewing for everyone who appreciates the food they eat and the intricate web of life they're a part of. It's also, especially, for those who do not.

Both tragic and inspiring, the call to action of the film is clear: Honeybees are threatened by everything from the pesticides we use on our mono-crops, to the lack of plant diversity established from such crop formations, to climate change and harsh industrial shipping practices. Honeybees, in short, are exhausted and are disappearing at an alarming rate across the world. Vanishing of the Bees highlights that without them, we have no food and the balance of nature is dangerously off. Watch the film to learn and then educate those around you. Honeybees aren't just "pests" in your yard, and they don't just produce honey; they are the basic neurons of our food system, and essentially, of our life.

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