Colony: The Endangered World of Bees
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"Colony" is both entertaining and informative, and you really can't expect much more from a documentary. It looks great and the beauty and importance of the bee is respected at all times. The visual splendor of the colonies is photographed with precision and they really are a natural wonder. But just as intriguing are those that make their living tending to the bees. It is a passion as well as an industry and the small community presented within "Colony" provide an interesting and human counterpoint to the film. One family, in particular, is at the center of the documentary and their struggle to stay in business provides the largest emotional component to the proceedings.
Anyone interested in science or even current events should be captivated by "Colony." It's a topic that we may not all be aware of--but that doesn't lessen its urgency.Read more ›
The main menu provides 12 chapter icons that allow a teacher to click immediately to one section: Colony: Beekeepers; Colony Collapse Disorder; [California] Beekeepers Meeting; Blessing Farmers; Pesticide Problems; Economic Problems; Fighting to Survive; Meeting with Bayer; Difference of Opinion; Next Generation of Beekeepers; and the final Credits.
To maintain its storyline on colony collapse disorder (CCD), it should have been edited to closer to 50 minutes. While the interspersed scenes from the religious Seppi family provide a narrative on the economic negotiations, this has nothing to do with CCD (aside from the lingering stress of future CCD providing uncertainty) and their family dispute adds nothing to the video's CCD theme and provides a major distraction for use in schools. Indeed, the 83 minute length will require teacher editing anyway.
This video does avoid most non-science and does focus on the Bayer interface. Hackenberg and Mendes in particular are sympathetic figures although they are portrayed in more depth in "Vanishing of the Bees.Read more ›
"Colony" is more about the socio/economic business of bees & honey as well as the crisis of CCD but again, more in relation to the economy rather than the impact on the bees themselves. Also, we get to see the bee farm of an Amish family & the effects of the USA economy on them....if that floats your boat, then it's a good film. If you are more concerned about the bees themselves, it's not so hot. If you want to watch a film with impact, More Than Honey [HD] is well worth a watch, available on Amazon...of course
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All the material about the Seppi family really wrecked this video. Not only was a lot of it dark and badly filmed but I got really sick of the family arguments, the prayer at the... Read morePublished on September 28, 2013 by Jed Pokojowiec
I was disappointed.I thought that we will die of hunger and here we are worried about the nuclear family not getting their price for the hives. Read morePublished on January 30, 2012 by Johanna
A serious look at the "bee industry". I've heard several different variations as to what's wrong with those bees.
I've several bee-keeper friends. Read more
A must see movie, a real eye opener.we all need to have a bee hive or two.more people need to save the honeybee.Published on August 29, 2011 by Donnie Anderson Stanley