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More Than Honey

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Screening Monday September 16, 2013. Award-winning director Markus Imhoof investigates the global drama of bee extinction using exquisite macro photography to reveal a fascinating, complex world. Supported by stunning vignettes of five protagonists in the struggle between bees and the neo-liberal market economy, this film is stunning, informative, and contemplative. Following the film, local beekeepers will lead the discussion. Local honey will be available to purchase. UK/Germany, 2013, 95 min.

'More than Honey' a film by Markus Imhoof

"If bees were to disappear from the globe, mankind would only have four years left to live." - Albert Einstein

Director's statement:

"My intention was to allow spectators to understand the drama that is at play thanks to highly sensory images and, beyond the very real stories of the ’minuscule’ bees, to highlight a much vaster context: the pressure caused by the continually growing pyramid of the global economy, at the base of which we can find—we ought not to forget—the insects. This is the main reason why I decided take great care to make the bees visible and have the spectators get to know them better… There is a moment, in the struggle opposing the bees to the neo-liberal market economy, when a bee broker pushes beekeepers, and the latter push their bees, to further increase their performance. Bees have become chain workers, a machine expected to function upon the simple push of a button. At the risk of sounding presumptuous, I could almost say that the film is a bit like Chaplin’s Modern Times, as told by the bees."—Markus Imhoof