City Gallery

Past event

Documentary Sundays | Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?

Sunday 16 October, 2pm

In association with At Thresholds, unearth, expand, and complicate your understanding of our entangled relationship with other species. Join us over consecutive Sundays for screenings in this vibrant documentary series selected by exhibition curator Moya Lawson.  

Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? (2010)
Directed by Taggart Siegel 

Bees are the engines that keep the earth in bloom. Worryingly beekeepers around the United States and the world are reporting an incredible loss of honeybees, a phenomenon deemed “Colony Collapse Disorder.” Bees are disappearing in mass numbers from their hives with no clear single explanation. The queen is there, honey is there, but the bees are gone. 

In this alarming inquiry Queen of the Sun investigates the long-term causes behind the dire global bee crisis through the eyes of biodynamic beekeepers, commercial beekeepers, scientists, and philosophers. 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. 

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. 

Watch trailer here.

See the other documentaries screening as part of our series here.