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On Thursday, my husband forwarded this to me at work.
The message: What were you thinking when you added this to our Netflix queue? Another loser movie?
Me: Not me. You must have added it! You probably heard about it from one of your gardening magazines or when you were doing research for your insect presentation. Why would I order a movie about bees?
Lab Rat: Definitely not me! You added it.
Turns out--it was me. As I wrote this post, I realized I added it months ago from a recommendation by Frederic & Mary Brussat.
Saturday Afternoon - Sitting in Our Lush Sunny Backyard
We grabbed books, the newspaper, and sank into lounge chairs to enjoy the sun and the quiet of the late afternoon. Son #2 enjoyed a Green Smoothie along with Chex Mix--a old-time favorite comfort snack of his.
It was peaceful, relaxing, delightful. But, not completely silent.
Lab Rat: What's that noise? Do you hear it?
Me: Yeah. What's that noise? It's so loud.
Lab Rat: Bees. Honey Bees. Don't worry, they won't bother you a bit. They're just busy at work.
Sunday Evening: We Watched the Queen of the Sun
Beekeeper and healer Sara Mapelli performs with 12,000 bees in a scene from Queen of the Sun
"Queen of Sun explores the varied reasons for colony collapse while providing a road map for combating it: the eradication of monoculture farming, abandoning the use of pesticides that end up harming bees more than the pests they're meant to eradicate, and stopping migratory beekeeping that truck bees all over the country, killing millions in transit and stressing the colonies."
The honey bees had us completely under their spell for 1 1/2 hours!
I still had no idea which of us had added The Queen of the Sun to our Netflix queue--but, what a winner this documentary was.
Beauty, science, nature, spirituality, gentle caretaking, man's misguided interference and a serious warning to the world. An ancient insect is now in peril.
If you're a gardener. If you love flowers. If you love fruit. If you're intrigued by the intricate symbiotic nature of nature. If you have concerns about pesticides--add Alzheimer's for bees to your worry list. If you want to know how genetically-modified (GMO) seeds are made--and what their impact might be on our environment & future food production--this will be an eye-opener. If you had no idea how miles and miles of fields planted only with one crop--like, corn and soybeans--can harm bees--you'll find out. If you had no idea that bee hives are now trucked thousands of miles in order to pollinate crops--and even bees are being fed high-fructose corn syrup. Or that there's such a thing as artificial insemination for Queen Bees--and there's a price to pay for messing with Queen's sex life!
You'll want to watch this movie.
But, is it boring and dry? Another gloom and movie, that should have been called, "Bee-pocalypse"?
Not at all! Gorgeous flowers. Some zany characters. Fascinating beekeepers & scenery from Italy, France, New Zealand, Oregon, and even the Bronx. An entomologist. A physicist. Biologists. And your eyes will be opened.
The honey bees are our canaries in the coal mine!
And they're telling us something.
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"QUEEN OF THE SUN: What Are the Bees Telling Us? is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from the award-winning 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 alarming and ultimately uplifting film weaves together a dramatic story of the heart-felt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers around the world.
This spellbinding film explores the long-term causes that have led to one of our most urgent global food crises, illuminating the deep link between humans and bees.
The story unveils 10,000 years of beekeeping, highlighting how that historic and sacred relationship has been lost. Inspiring and entertaining, QUEEN OF THE SUN uncovers the problems and solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature."
-The Queen of the Sun website-
Go to the documentary's website, to learn more!
Don't Just Take My Word About How Good This Movie Is
“A remarkable documentary that's also one of the most beautiful nature films I've seen.”
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
“Revelatory! Honey has never looked so delicious. Or so precious.”
Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times - Critic’s Pick
"Visually sumptuous...lovingly shot, near-psychedelic imagery, which serves as an unusually visceral reminder of the rich variety in nature—and what’s at stake if bees bug out for good, Village Voice
“An inspiring documentary, one of the best films of 2011.” Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
“A creative exploration of the global honeybee crisis replete with remarkable nature cinematography, some eccentric characters and yet another powerful argument for organic, sustainable agriculture in balance with nature.” -Alissa Simon, Variety
"Bee Movie is no B Movie. Whether or not you like honey on your morning muffin, you ought to be concerned with the health of the nation's bees." -Walter Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
“Colony Collapse Disorder should be a planetary wake up call akin to Rachel Carson’s 1960s pesticide expose Silent Spring.” David Lamble, Bay Area Reporter
“Beautifully blends poetry and science to tell the story of what may be the most important co-evolutionary bond on Earth… Queen of the Sun's optimistic tone suggests solutions will flower from the seeds of new perspectives.” - Rick Marianetti, The Examiner
“I never thought that a documentary about honeybees would make me both laugh and cry-but filmmaker Taggart Siegel’s Queen of the Sun is one such film.” -Dennis Hartley, Hullabaloo
You can watch the movie here, for $4.99.
Or buy the video.
Or order it from Netflix, like we did.
Or borrow it from your library.
I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
I'm trying to convince the Lab Rat to become a beekeeper. He's thinking about it.