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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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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
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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 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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The world's end will not be big and violent...
18 September 2010 | by rscowboy2005See all my reviews

It seems anymore that I prefer documentaries more and more. You can walk away with something to chew on and think about.

The film opens with a topless woman wearing a swarm of honey-bees weaving in a trance-like state. The camera circles her and then cuts to a single honey-bee crawling on a sunflower.

The film updates the story of honey-bees from wonderful world of Disney to today's crisis where hives have been dying off in staggering numbers.

Without honey-bees, most of the fruits, flowers and foods we love go without pollination and do not reproduce. It seems as though only New Zealand has avoided the mass bee die-off.

The film balances good information about the crisis with individual stories and people who make us smile, but move the story along.

No 3D. No FX. Just an important story well-told that will be remembered the next time you see a honey-bee.

Other than encouraging more urban bee-keepers (the film ends with a small bit about the repeal of NYC's ban on urban bee-keeping which seemed tacked-on), the film doesn't give the average viewer much hope or many suggestions for personal action. I mean, I don't think I'l be asking if the queen bee of the hive from which the farmer extracted the honey for sale was naturally de-flowered (which is nicely rendered in a simple animation) or was inseminated with the semen of just one drone.

Good for all ages.

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