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Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?

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REPEAT SCREENING: Mon, April 9, 2012.
A profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from the 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 engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world who reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature. Music by Jami Sieber.
USA, 2010, 82 min, documentary. Directed and produced by Taggart Siegel.

This is a repeat screening!  We've responded to equests for a second screening after the sellout on March 5th.  The Beekeepers will join us again for discussion and networking.


In 1923, Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian scientist, philosopher & social innovator, predicted that in 80 to 100 years honeybees would collapse. Now, beekeepers around the United States and around the world are reporting an incredible loss of honeybees, 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.

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 Pollan, 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 beehive. 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.”

Bees 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 who are committed to renewing a culture in balance with nature.

More about this film

Film website: . See the trailer below.

Read, listen and watch: Interviews with the filmmakers

Guests for this film event

Local master beekeeper Allan Cobbin from Roberts Creek will join members of the Beekeepers Association for an afer-the-film discussion about local effects and updates.
More info about Allan Cobbin and Sea Breeze Apiaries:

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