Ever since a little parasite entered the stages of beekeeping in Europe in the 1980s, science, honeybees and their keepers find themselves in an ongoing crisis.
Slowly and gradually the film unfolds the spectrum of some strange parallel worlds – dystopian and utopian, poetic and cruel, desperate and hopeful. The practices of breeding, medical care, and tree beekeeping are closely depicted. Like one of its protagonists, the film poses the overall question: ‘What is natural anyway?’
Its rhythm gives viewers time to experience, unravel, and involve themselves, in the immersive sounds, images and ongoing debates in the fight for honeybee survival. But scientists worry that this approach of fighting and control is a dead end, and they wonder how the revival of tree beekeeping from the forests of Bashkiria may become a sustainable approach.
DOK.fest 2020 Munich
EASA Visual Anthropology film programme 2020
Opinions are divided among expert beekeepers on how to handle the varroa mite. How should the bees be saved – conventionally, experimentally or traditionally? An observational and explorative journey to Siberia that is as exciting as it is aesthetic.
|Original title||Eine Frage der Haltung|
|Language||German, English, Russian|
|Subtitles||German & English|
|Director||Felix Remter & Miriam Remter|
|Production||primate visions Remter & Remter GbR|
|Sound design||Jörg Elsner|
|Sound mix||Michael Hinreiner|
|Color correction||Fabian Spang|
|Sound creation & editing||Max Bauer und Normann Büttner|
|Dramaturgy supervisor||Susanne Quester|
|Founded by||FFF Bayern|
|German distribution||mindjazz pictures|