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Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling us? 2012

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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.

Starring:
Gunther Hauk, Kirk Webster
Runtime:
1 hour, 21 minutes

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Genres Drama, Documentary
Director Taggart Siegel
Starring Gunther Hauk, Kirk Webster
Supporting actors Carlo Petrini, Michael Pollan, Yvon Achard, Ian Davies, Eric Olson, Randy Johnson, Roy Arbon, Raj Patel, Gunther Friedmann, Michael Thiele, Johannes Wirz, Massimo Carpinteri, Vandana Shiva, May Berenbaum, Scott Black, Hugh Wilson, Jeffrey Smith, Horst Kornberger
Studio Music Box Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Before watching this documentary I was one of those people who ran away at the very mention of a nearby BEE. My fears were subdued and eventually disappeared as I watched this film. Coupled with heartfelt accounts of beekeepers and their craft and personal connection to the bees, the film expounds wisdom with experts like Michael Pollan. The film does a great job at balancing the art and the science that make up a bee colony and our dependence on their very existence.
It's no exaggeration to say, that after seeing the film: I wouldn't mind having a bee colony of my own now.
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Queen of the Sun is much more about the importance of our relationship to bees, and how integral they are to our food system. Sure there is a bit of crazy in there, but its completely beautiful and fun. There is also deep concern for the state of modern beekeeping and its part factory farming, pesticide use, and complete lack of sustainability; which is a real problem for those of us who enjoy eating. In response to the negative review that stated european honey bees are not native to the Americas - neither are we.
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I loved this film, beautifully filmed and told. I especially loved the colorful characters such as the beekeeper who tickles his bees with his mustache and the women dances with thousands of bees on her body. The film had some humor too but it really dives deeply into the issues and helped me understand the problems and then solutions. I learned so much about this world of beekeeping and was relieved that it was uplifting and not doom and gloom.I recommend this film to everyone.
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"Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?" is the best documentary I have ever seen. It literally changed my life.

So what are the bees telling us? They are telling us not to use pesticides, artificial breeding, GMO's, and other industrial beekeeping practices such as transporting hives hundreds of miles and feeding bees corn syrup. A combination of these practices are what is causing Colony Collapse Disorder and is killing the bees. The things that are killing the bees are also killing the planet. So the short answer is that the bees are telling us to support organic farmers and to boycott industrial agriculture.

I was a vegan for ethical reasons and "Queen of the Sun" showed me that organic beekeeping is not only ethical, it is beneficial to the species and the individual hives; so now I will support my local organic beekeepers by buying organic raw honey.

Before I saw "Queen of the Sun," I had never had organic raw honey before. I imagine most people have not had it either. It is completely different from the clear syrup that you get at the grocery store. It has a completely different look, texture, and taste. Apparently it has a whole bunch of health benefits also.

I strongly urge you to see "Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?" Most of the film consists of interviews with organic beekeepers and 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 organic raw honey from your local beekeepers. Bees are a "keystone species." If they disappear, we will lose about a fourth of our crops. We need to save the bees to ensure our own long term survival.
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The photography is fantastic, but the premise of the conclusion falls short. The film mentions CCD and its catastrophic effect on the bees, but gives it only a cursory swish of information. I, and others, believe that CCD is the single most catastrophic event to affect beekeeping, with the potential to eradicate honeybees and all pollinators from certain areas of the planet, with dire consequences to human beings, livestock and wildlife in those areas. There are many "possible" answers for CCD, but most of them are not scientifically plausible, as most if not all of those conditions presented existed prior to 2005/2006 and the onset of WORLD WIDE CCD. Many of the "possible" causes are not pandemic to an area as it would be if it were disease, sunspots, global warming, cell phones, excessive use of aerosols, excessive misspelled words in newspaper articles, mites, viruses, general malaise of bees, early onset of male pattern baldness in men that live in New Jersey, etc, but occur only under specific conditions. When those conditions are removed, CCD ceases to be a factor in that area. There is a correlative event that occurred at that time, and was a WORLD WIDE event, that is highly suggestive of the cause of CCD. I present this for your consideration...While there is no "smoking gun" (no body, no discernible cause of death), the circumstantial evidence is enough to send a human to the gallows in a capital felony case. In full disclosure, I must mention that my point of conclusion is not accepted by all beekeepers, and probably not by a majority of scientists, but even if there was full consensus, that does not mean the information is correct or my theory incorrect.Read more ›
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