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Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? (2010)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Drama | April 2010 (USA)
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QUEEN OF THE SUN: What Are the Bees Telling Us? is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from Taggart Siegel, director of THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN. Taking us on a ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gunther Hauk Gunther Hauk ... Himself - Biodynamic Beekeeper
Kirk Webster Kirk Webster ... Himself - Organic Beekeeper & Queen Breeder
Carlo Petrini Carlo Petrini ... Himself - President, Slow Food International
Michael Pollan ... Himself - Author, The Omnivore's Dilemma
Yvon Achard Yvon Achard ... Himself - Beekeeper & Bee Historian
Ian Davies Ian Davies ... Himself - Rooftop Beekeeper, London
Eric Olson Eric Olson ... Himself - Migratory Beekeeper
Randy Johnson Randy Johnson ... Himself - Migratory Beekeeper
Roy Arbon Roy Arbon ... Himself - Organic Beekeeper
Raj Patel Raj Patel ... Himself - Author, Stuffed & Starved
Gunther Friedmann Gunther Friedmann ... Himself - Demeter Biodynamic Beekeeper
Michael Thiele Michael Thiele ... Himself - Biodynamic Beekeeper, Melissa Gardens
Johannes Wirz Johannes Wirz ... Himself - Molecular Biologist
Massimo Carpinteri Massimo Carpinteri ... Himself - Slow Foods Beekeeper
Vandana Shiva ... Herself - Physicist


QUEEN OF THE SUN: What Are the Bees Telling Us? is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from Taggart Siegel, director of THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN. Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature. Written by Anonymous

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What are the Bees Telling Us?


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Strongly Opinionated, Completely Uninformative
27 June 2017 | by bartheruthSee all my reviews

This is the kind of opinion piece that gives documentaries a bad name. If you want to feel good about yourself for being emotionally invested in a cause, but don't much care about reality, then this film is for you. If you want to learn and think for yourself, look elsewhere.

Here are some things that you will find a lot of:

  • interviews with organic beekeepers and pop-science writers

  • spiritual statements about nature

  • people dressed like hippies

  • shots of people staring stoically at things

  • cute children used as props

  • unscientific implications about the cause of colony collapse disorder

Here are some things you will not find much of:

  • nuance

  • moral complexity

  • multiple points of view

  • scientific research

The worst part of this is that the concerns being raised are absolutely legitimate. Agricultural practices like the use of GMO's, pesticides, and mono-cultures have enormous consequences. But rather than making the difficult effort of assessing the actual risks and benefits of different approaches, this film reduces every issue to a literal cartoon where evil corporations are making the poor little queen bee cry.

4/10 because it's at least competently shot and edited.

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