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I recently had the pleasure of watching More Than Honey – a film by Markus Imhoof. If I had only one word to describe this documentary about honeybees, it would be “Beautiful”. (Luckily for you, I have many more words than just that.)

The movie opens with one of the most amazing scenes ever caught on film: a close-up of a Queen honeybee emerging from her cell. In fact, the cinematography and stunning imagery never ends throughout this film and I found myself constantly wondering, “How on Earth did they manage to get that shot?”

I have great respect for Imhoof, and his ability to portray not only these amazing creatures but also the problems affecting honeybees in a way that allows the viewer to decide for him/herself that there must be a better way to treat the honeybee than what we’re currently doing.

The movie highlights the harsh contrast between a beekeeper in the Swiss Alps – who is shown relaxing on the mountainside in a field of wild flowers – to a money-hungry, American commercial beekeeper trucking thousands of colonies of bees around the United States every year. The whole while, Imhoof tells the story of the honeybee, and the common diseases and pests that affect this amazing insect.

More than Honey makes you think strongly about what life would be like without the honeybee. Is man able to pollinate as well as a honeybee, by hand or machine? Could we, as humans, pollinate plants the way that honeybees do? How much of our food would be impacted if they disappeared? As the title of the film implies, there is certainly more to the honeybee than just honey.

I won’t reveal too much about this movie, but I will reiterate that the photography throughout this movie will absolutely blow you away. Even if you keep bees as a hobby or a living, you have never seen inside the hive like this! I have included the trailer at the bottom of this post, so prepare your eyeballs.

While this movie is not yet available in Canada or USA, this would be an amazing film to show at a local film festival or to screen at a small independent theatre near you. Thank you Markus Imhoof, for making a film that will definitely open the eyes and hearts of people world-wide.

Queen of the Sun DVD cover

My wife and I recently watched a documentary film called Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us? This film is so inspiring and informative and I believe everyone should sit down and watch it… tonight. Here is my personal review of Queen of the Sun.

I will start my review by saying: “Watch this film.” Even if you don’t read this entire article, jot down the name of the movie and go watch it. Even if you’re not a beekeeper, go watch this film. Even if you have never heard about Colony Collapse Disorder, Varroa mites or other ailments affecting bees across the globe, go watch this film. You will not regret it.

Queen of the Sun is an extremely powerful documentary that highlights the importance of bees for pollination throughout the world as well as the potential factors that are leading to the disappearance of these same bees.

This film doesn’t focus too much on any single factor that may be contributing to colony collapse disorder but rather presents the viewer with an array of ways that humans have interfered with these wonderful creatures that we rely on for producing 1/3 of all the food that we eat.

Throughout the film, there are also some great interviews with beekeepers from around the world. It’s amazing to see beekeepers from England, Australia, France, Italy and the United States all providing their insight into a global epidemic. It’s also very interesting to see the different types of beehives that each one uses. (Check out the special features on the DVD for more information on each hive type).

At the very end of the film, there are some great tips that I wanted to share here. Here are six ways that you can do your part to help the honeybees in your area:

  1. Grow flowers, plants and herbs to help provide food for bees.
  2. Eliminate pesticides in your garden and lawn.
  3. Bees are thirsty. Provide a continuous shallow basin with clean water in your garden.
  4. Buy directly from a local beekeeper who avoids chemicals and produces raw honey.
  5. Eat organic and pesticide free food.
  6. Become a beekeeper with sustainable practices.

This documentary did not necessarily change my overall views on beekeeping, but it served to open my eyes a bit wider on the subject. I suddenly found that I have become a bit more passionate about bees when talking to others, and I tend to bring up this film frequently when involved in beekeeping conversations. This is a film that I believe everyone should watch.

Purchase the DVD from Amazon:
Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?

Here’s the trailer for Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?