Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us? (educational)

  • Directed by: Taggart Siegel
  • Produced by: Jon Betz
    Original Score: Jami Sieber 

    Now with extras!
    English SDH Subtitles / 16 languages

Released: 2011
Running Time: 82 min, 60 min (educational version)
Subjects: Agriculture StudiesEnvironmental Studies
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From Taggart Siegel, director of the award-winning documentary THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN, comes a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis. QUEEN OF THE SUN takes us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive. This engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world, including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.

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  • Official Selection IDFA - International Film Festival Amsterdam
  • Winner - Audience Award - Maui Film Festival
  • Winner - Audience Award - Indiememphis Film festival
  • Best Documentary- Youth Jury Rhode Island Int'l
  • Winner IDA - Pare Lorentz Award (Honorable Mention)
  • Winner - Syracuse Film Festival
  • Winner - Director's Choice- Rhode Island Int'l Film Festival
  • Winner - Nashville Film Festival
  • Official Selection - Abu Dhabi - International Film Festival 
  • Winner - Planet in Focus Film Festival

Quotes/ Reviews

“Stunning…as soulful as it is scientific, as uplifting as it is alarming. Siegel sets himself and his film apart with exquisite cinematography and awe-inducing visual artistry.” -Christine Champ, Film.com

"Entertaining, gorgeous and relevant. Siegel retains the gift of making you dream of making a difference." -Shawn Levy, The Oregonian

"Visually sumptuous...lovingly shot, near-psychedelic imagery, which serves as an unusually visceral reminder of the rich variety in nature—and what’s at stake if bees bug out for good. - Village Voice

"Rich, Elegant, Edifying. One of the most beautifully filmed documentaries that I've ever seen." - Hollywood Report Card 

"Must-see film.. Likely the most important documentary of the year." -Current