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Colony: The Endangered World of Bees (2009)

David Mendes , Lance Seppi , Carter Gunn , Ross McDonnell  |  NR |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Mendes, Lance Seppi, Victor Seppi
  • Directors: Carter Gunn, Ross McDonnell
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CJQVN0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,718 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The unexplainable phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder has left landscapes of empty beehives all across America, threatening not only the beekeeping industry but our food supply. As scientists and beekeepers search for the cause, Colony captures the struggle within the beekeeping community to save the honeybee and themselves. Colony documents a time of unprecedented crisis in the world of the honeybee through the eyes of both veteran beekeeper, David Mendes, and Lance and Victor Seppi, two young brothers getting into beekeeping when most are getting out. As Mendes tries to save the nation's collapsing hives, the Seppi's try to keep their business alive amidst a collapsing economy.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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"Colony" is a fascinating and important documentary about bees. I consider myself knowledgeable about agriculture and biology, so I was surprised about how much this film raised my awareness of a potential crisis in our midst. Within recent years, American honeybees have been disappearing at alarming rates. Still the most pivotal component in pollinating much of our food crop supply, this syndrome (called Colony Collapse Disorder) has threatened agriculture and farming across the country. "Colony" investigates this phenomenon largely through the perspective of a group of bee keepers, and this approach makes the subject surprisingly personal. Balancing the drama of business with science and economy, this comprehensive documentary really covers all the bases and highlights a problem that might have long range repercussions that affect us all.

"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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Colony Disorder---An Entomology Teacher Summary June 20, 2013
Format:DVD
Colony: The Endangered World of Bees, by Irish Film Board; 83 minutes, © 2009

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.
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"Colony" is a fascinating and important documentary about bees. I consider myself knowledgeable about agriculture and biology, so I was surprised about how much this film raised my awareness of a potential crisis in our midst. Within recent years, American honeybees have been disappearing at alarming rates. Still the most pivotal component in pollinating much of our food crop supply, this syndrome (called Colony Collapse Disorder) has threatened agriculture and farming across the country. "Colony" investigates this phenomenon largely through the perspective of a group of bee keepers, and this approach makes the subject surprisingly personal. Balancing the drama of business with science and economy, this comprehensive documentary really covers all the bases and highlights a problem that might have long range repercussions that affect us all.

"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.
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