The Strange Disappearance of the Bees

Official film description

One-third of the food consumed by humans today is directly reliant on the bee. However, for the past several years, billions of bees have been dying for no apparent reason. This not only puts beekeepers in a difficult situation, but also poses a threat to biodiversity. International scientists from many disciplines are feverishly looking for an explanation.

The touching documentary film shows what the researchers have learned in recent years and what solutions they offer.

"Ultimately, the loss of bees questions of our survival". Mark Daniels (director)

Rating from our film jury

"The Strange Disappearance of the Bees“ is a film of very high relevance which in a rare displayed way addresses a topic that has a very strong relation to our ecological basis. Well researched, taking into account different perspectives and with high documentation quality, "The Strange Disappearance of the Bees“ succeeds in mediating relationships in impressive and varied manner and establishing a clear connection to one’s own life.

"The Strange Disappearance of the Bees“ is pleasant to watch as well as stimulating and intelligent entertainment. The film transmits clear and comprehensive knowledge, introduces many empirical examples, deals with dynamic system developments and makes appropriate relativization.

With touching effect, "The Strange Disappearance of the Bees“ awakens the respect and appreciation of the work of the bees. The film also teaches responsibility for oneself and others, however the stimulation of willingness to act is rather moderate.

The structure of the film make sense and the content is impressively staged. The cinematic performance is in the upper middle range in terms of picture quality, camera work, editing, music and dramaturgy.

Technical information and screening rights...

Director(s): Mark Daniels
Script: Mark Daniels
Production: ARTE France, Galafilm Productions, Telfrance, Natalie Dubois, Christine Le Goff, Arte France
Music: Eric LeMoyne
Actors: Stéphanie Duncan
Year: 2010
Duration: 91 min
Picture format: 16:9
Language (audio): German, French
Language (subtitles): French
Country of origin: France
Our age recommendation: 16
Screening rights: Arte (France) | Arte (Germany)

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Main topic(s): Global Food
Secondary topics: bees food security toxins
Mentions: bees honey extinction toxic poison pesticide apiculture
Topic Page(s): Global Food



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