New to VOD this week:
Big Sky Doc 2019
Vancouver, Newport Beach, San Francisco DocFest, Woodstock, Heartland, Woods Hole, Napa Valley, Virginia, Sedona, Sonoma, IFF Boston, Newburyport Doc, New Haven, San Francisco Green
An exploration of beekeeping and the crises facing the world’s bee population.
The plight of the honeybee has been featured in several documentaries over the past decade, notably in a spate of films exploring the disturbing phenomenon of colony collapse disorder. Filmmaker Peter Nelson turns his focus on a more comprehensive view of the vital role that bees play in our complex, interconnected food system. His starting point is with beekeepers, and specifically with those intrepid apiarists who are hired annually to transport their hives from orchard to orchard to pollinate flowering crops, enabling the production of billions of dollars worth of food. In his somewhat familiar but helpfully informative and often beautifully lensed film, Nelson largely draws from their expertise – together with farmers and scientists – to detail the problems facing not only bees, but the agriculture system as a whole, from the soil-degrading impact of industrial farming and its use of pesticides and fungicides to parasites and viruses and the capture of environmental regulatory agencies by the chemical industry.