A multi-species both sensory and discursive encounter with competing knowledge practices in the current honeybee health crisis.
BEEWILDERED COMPANIONS is an immersive ethnographic study on the socio-material entanglements of humans and honeybees in times of globalized diseases. Triggered by the migration of a small bee parasite from Asia, the culture of beekeeping in Europe today is deeply shaken. The search for new and better practices is also a struggle of different imaginaries regarding the ontological status of the honeybee as domestic or wild.
Can and should a serious disease be controlled by medication or breeding? Or is it better for humans to give up control, as in the long lost craft of tree beekeeping?
Only in the deep forests of Bashkiria the tradition is still alive. The cultural appropriation of this knowledge in Central Europe could be an important pillar for a sustainable solution to the crisis. Three multisensory-observational and three plurivocal-discursive chapters juxtapose the diverging inner attitudes with the corresponding practices of animal care.
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|