Queen of the Sun

What Are the Bees Telling Us?

DVD - 2011
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Queen of the Sun
Beekeepers and scientists explore the mysterious worldwide crisis of disappearing honeybees.

Publisher: Chicago : Music Box Films, c2011
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: DVD 638.15 Q
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approx. 82 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.


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Feb 09, 2015
  • Mokoto rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Like others have said, this documentary is more spiritual than scientific, and I shut it off about half-way through. If you want to see beekeepers looking ecstatic and see lots of close-ups of honeybees, it's good. If you're looking to learn something new about them, then you'll need to watch something else.

Jun 05, 2014
  • ncs1961 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

An informed and frightening documentary - not exactly what I was expecting from the dancing lady on the DVD cover.

Apr 14, 2014
  • nparrish rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I agree with the comment that this is far too spiritual & full of "woo" for such an important scientific subject. There is some good information in this video, especially when they talk to beekeepers & farmers, but at least half is useless...Especially the anti-GMO part featuring the same guy behind all this Food Scare crap i see lately. GMOs are NOT the cause of bee problems. There are much better videos on the topic out there, but this is worth a watch with a critical mind.

Oct 01, 2013
  • kevfarley rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I agree with 'ReidCooper, (see below). There is too much 'mystical magical' reverence,.. all at the expence of real information, current science, and possible solutions. I highly recommend the documentary "Vanishing of the Bees",.. as a much more worthwhile consideration of this vital crisis.

Mar 05, 2012
  • ReidCooper rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I was hoping this documentary would have far more hard science. It was interesting, and work for what it was trying to be, but it took a rhetorical position that assumed the viewer already bought into the director's worldview - starting right with the confusing title, "Queen of the Sun" and DVD cover (why focus on a piece of performance art with bees instead of focusing just on bees themselves?). All that said, it does make some important points about the lack of sustainability in the agro-industry's current approach to using bees for plant pollination.

Jan 26, 2012
  • HereHere rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Gorgeous photography and an interesting look into the status of honeybees from different perspectives.


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