The Vanishing of the Bees (2011)
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As honeybees continue to disappear at an alarming rate, filmmakers George Langworthy and Maryam Henein probe the political, economic, and ecological overtones of "Colony Collapse Disorder." In illustrating the ancient connection between the human race and the honeybee, Langworthy and Henein attempt not only to solve this disturbing mystery, but to provide us with suggestions for reversing it. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Apr 20, 2011 Limited
Jun 14, 2011
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Hypnotic slo-mo images of honeybees flapping their wings are about all that distinguishes the docu Vanishing of the Bees from a well-researched article on its subject.
There's little form to the structure, the editing is amateurish and the narration is puerile. It's a worthwhile subject - but the film is too poor to justify a release.
A cogent documentary exploring the causes of the global disappearance of honeybees who play such a crucial role in our ecosystem.
Shines a light on a fascinating and important subject, but also suffers some from comparatively lax filmmaking, failing to provide the sort of detail which would more robustly engage the typical layperson viewer.
Well intentioned and urgent - but let down by hammy narration, a made-for-TV budget and a blatant plug for its co-sponsor, the Co-op.
After watching this, you'll probably end up worrying as much as they do.
Its US focus is disappointing considering the global issues, the sound mix is terrible in places, there's some iffy animation.
Of course something has to change. But let's start with the eco-doc format.
Langworthy and Henein sketch out the way this crisis has entered Hollywood's consciousness, in the form of M Night Shyamalan's sci-fi clunker The Happening.
Despite its schoolroom tone, The Vanishing of the Bees sounds an alarm; it's essential we heed it.
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- Narrator: The future of beekeeping is not in one beekeeper with 60000 hives, but rather 60000 people with one hive.
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