Runtime: 1 hour, 21 minutes
Director: Taggart Siegel
Starring: Gunther Hauk,Kirk Webster,Carlo Petrini
Genres: Drama, Documentary
Studio: Music Box Films
MPAA rating: NR (Not Rated)
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This beautiful, spellbinding film takes the viewer on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of honeybees and the mysterious world of the beehive by following the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world.
What are the bees telling us?
"Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?" is the bestdocumentary I have ever seen. It literally changed my life.
So what are the bees telling us? They are telling us not to usepesticides, artificial breeding, GMO’s, and other industrial beekeepingpractices such as transporting hives hundreds of miles and feeding beescorn syrup. A combination of these practices are what is causing ColonyCollapse Disorder and is killing the bees. The things that are killingthe bees are also killing the planet. So the short answer is that thebees are telling us to support organic farmers and to boycottindustrial agriculture.
I was a vegan for ethical reasons and "Queen of the Sun" showed me thatorganic beekeeping is not only ethical, it is beneficial to the speciesand the individual hives; so now I will support my local organicbeekeepers by buying organic raw honey.
Before I saw "Queen of the Sun," I had never had organic raw honeybefore. I imagine most people have not had it either. It is completelydifferent from the clear syrup that you get at the grocery store. Ithas a completely different look, texture, and taste. Apparently it hasa whole bunch of health benefits also.
I strongly urge you to see "Queen of the Sun: What are the bees tellingus?" Most of the film consists of interviews with organic beekeepersand it gives insight into these amazing creatures.
Even if you don’t see "Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?"I urge you to pay a little extra for organic food and try some organicraw honey from your local beekeepers. Bees are a "keystone species." Ifthey disappear, we will lose about a fourth of our crops. We need tosave the bees to ensure our own long term survival.
A work of art that is relevant and delectable.
Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us? is a passionateinvestigation into the honey bee crisis. It features compelling andstunningly beautiful cinematography and tells the tale of ColonyCollapse Disorder through expert analysis and a cast ranging from thewell-known (Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva) to thebizarre and charming. This uplifting and enlightening documentary is amust-see for anyone curious about the significance of bees and theimpact of their decline on our global food system. Thought-provoking,inspiring, and entertaining – Queen of the Sun is a work of art that isboth relevant and delectable.
The world’s end will not be big and violent…
It seems anymore that I prefer documentaries more and more. You canwalk away with something to chew on and think about.
The film opens with a topless woman wearing a swarm of honey-beesweaving in a trance-like state. The camera circles her and then cuts toa single honey-bee crawling on a sunflower.
The film updates the story of honey-bees from wonderful world of Disneyto today’s crisis where hives have been dying off in staggeringnumbers.
Without honey-bees, most of the fruits, flowers and foods we love gowithout pollination and do not reproduce. It seems as though only NewZealand has avoided the mass bee die-off.
The film balances good information about the crisis with individualstories and people who make us smile, but move the story along.
No 3D. No FX. Just an important story well-told that will be rememberedthe next time you see a honey-bee.
Other than encouraging more urban bee-keepers (the film ends with asmall bit about the repeal of NYC’s ban on urban bee-keeping whichseemed tacked-on), the film doesn’t give the average viewer much hopeor many suggestions for personal action. I mean, I don’t think I’l beasking if the queen bee of the hive from which the farmer extracted thehoney for sale was naturally de-flowered (which is nicely rendered in asimple animation) or was inseminated with the semen of just one drone.
Good for all ages.