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"Queen of the Sun" -- Latest Documentary on Vanishing Honey Bees

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Chennai, April 11, 2011: "Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?" is a documentary film produced in the USA in 2010 and released in theaters in Spring 2011. Following is the film Synopsis from the Press Kit of the Producer of the film.

Film PosterA Collective Eye production. (International sales: Collective Eye, Portland, Ore.) Produced by Jon Betz, Taggart Siegel. Directed by Taggart Siegel.

With: Gunther Hauk, Kirk Webster, Michael Pollan, Carlo Petrini, Gunther Friedmann, Horst Kornberger, Jennifer Kornberger, May Berenbaum, Yvon Achard, Ian Davies, Vandana Shiva, Raj Patel.

In 1923, Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian scientist, philosopher and social innovator, predicted that in 80 to 100 years honey bees would collapse. Now, beekeepers around the United States and around the world are reporting an incredible loss of honey bees, a phenomenon deemed "Colony Collapse Disorder." This "pandemic" is indicated by bees disappearing in mass numbers from their hives with no clear single explanation. The queen is there, honey is there, but the bees are gone.

Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from Taggart Siegel, director of The Real Dirt On Farmer John. For the first time, in an alarming inquiry into the insights behind Steiner's prediction Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? investigates the long-term causes behind the dire global bee crisis through the eyes of biodynamic beekeepers, commercial beekeepers, scientists and philosophers. Queen of the Sun features world renowned biodynamic beekeeper Gunther Hauk, New York Times bestselling-author Michael Vandana ShivaPollan, Indian Activist Vandana Shiva, and a compelling cast of characters from around the world. Together they take us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and into the mysterious world of the bee hive. The film unveils 10,000 years of beekeeping, illuminating the deep link between humans and bees and how that historic and sacred relationship has been lost due to highly mechanized industrial practices. Beekeeper Gunther Hauk calls the crisis, "More important even than global warming. We could call it Colony Collapse of the human being too."

Massimo CarpinteriBees are the engines that keep the earth in bloom. Queen of the Sun presents the bee crisis as a global wake-up call and illuminates a growing movement of beekeepers, community activists and scientists. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.


Reviewing the film in the Berkeleyside dated April 5, 2011 John Seal says: "The film ... is concerned with ... the causes of Colony Collapse Disorder, the still not fully understood phenomenon that has decimated bee populations throughout North America and Europe over the past few years. Bees pollinate approximately 40% of the food we eat; without them, mass starvation is all but guaranteed. ... The film examines a number of possible causes. Is pesticide usage weakening and killing bees? Is it modern agriculture's reliance on monoculture, which denies bees the ability to pollinate more than one variety of plant? Or is it simpply stress, caused by bees being transported across the country? ... A wide range of experts expound on the problem, including local lads Raj Patel, currently a visiting scholar at Cal's Center for African Studies, and Berkeleyan and J-School Professor Michael Pollan. Both subscribe to the mono-crop theory, with Pollan also pointing the finger at those germy foreign bees."

For a trailer of the film and other details visit here.