Vanishing of the Bees

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Released 2010

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Director:
Maryam Henein
Released:
2010
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Vanishing of the Bees is a documentary from the UK that looks at humankind's connection to the honeybee and how the relationship has changed over time. Filmmakers George Langworthy and Maryam Henein cast British actress, Ellen Page, to narrate the film. The directors film apiaries across the world in search of some answers as to why bees are becoming an endangered species. Page opens the documentary narrating the honeybees' significance in the world over the last 500 years, starting with the Aztec's praying to their bee god and continuing to farmers in France celebrating their honeybee festival. Cameras then swing into the modern-day, billion-dollar business of cultivating honey. Bee farmer Simon Buxton tells the directors how replacing the honeybee's diet with inferior nutrients has affected their immune systems. An apiary owner (Maryann Frazier) in France explains how dangerous pesticides are killing the bee population. Next up are fruit farmers from the U.S. and England explaining how their farms depend on the bee's pollination, and that without it, the world's food supply could disappear. Langworthy and Henien continue their story of the vanishing bees, explaining to viewers the true meaning and ramifications of "Colony Collapse Disorder."moreless

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