A look at the mysterious collapse of honeybee colonies in America and an exploration of how beekeeping is practiced there and around the world.


Taggart Siegel
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gunther Hauk Gunther Hauk ... Self - Biodynamic Beekeeper
Kirk Webster Kirk Webster ... Self - Organic Beekeeper & Queen Breeder
Carlo Petrini Carlo Petrini ... Self - President, Slow Food International
Michael Pollan ... Self - Author, The Omnivore's Dilemma
Yvon Achard ... Self - Beekeeper & Bee Historian
Ian Davies Ian Davies ... Self - Rooftop Beekeeper, London
Eric Olson Eric Olson ... Self - Migratory Beekeeper
Randy Johnson Randy Johnson ... Self - Migratory Beekeeper
Roy Arbon Roy Arbon ... Self - Organic Beekeeper
Raj Patel ... Self - Author, Stuffed & Starved
Gunther Friedmann Gunther Friedmann ... Self - Demeter Biodynamic Beekeeper
Michael Thiele Michael Thiele ... Self - Biodynamic Beekeeper, Melissa Gardens
Johannes Wirz Johannes Wirz ... Self - Molecular Biologist
Massimo Carpinteri Massimo Carpinteri ... Self - Slow Foods Beekeeper
Vandana Shiva ... Self - 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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Anthropomorphic Spiritual Programming
10 September 2012 | by jortonySee all my reviews

I just turned it off midway through. It is a highly emotional anthropomorphic group of stories regarding bees with a very low information density, and highly biased against modern industry, and farming. If you want to have some spiritual programming with a positive emotional feedback to encourage learning, then this is the movie for you. If you want to learn about bees, I would recommend another movie.

I gave the review an extra star for the Frenchman with the excellent mustache, and one more for the insight into the almond industry. I am sort of surprised so little time was spent on examining the vectors of CCD within that environment. Though, the bias is very clearly against man made things, and focuses on those points to the exclusion of quasi-natural causes, so I am only sort of surprised.

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