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.

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DOK.fest 2020 Munich
Official Selection / nominated for the documentary film award / nominated for the production award
EASA Visual Anthropology film programme 2020
Official Selection
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.
DOK.fest Munich
Ein Film von Miriam und Felix Remter
Besamung Bienen
Unsere Haltung zu Honigbienen
Ankunft Varroamilbe
Ethnografische Filmerzählung
Status von Honigbienen
Honigbienen und Varroamilben
Bienenexperte Minur
Eine Frage der Haltung
Bienenforscher Seeley

Technische Details

Original title Eine Frage der Haltung
Length 87 Min.
Year 2020
Country Germany
Language German, English, Russian
Subtitles German & English
Sound Stereo
Aspect ratio 16:9


Director Felix Remter & Miriam Remter
Production primate visions Remter & Remter GbR
Cinematography Felix Remter
Screenplay Felix Remter
Sound Miriam Remter
Editing Miriam Remter
Sound design Jörg Elsner
Sound mix Michael Hinreiner
Color correction Fabian Spang
Sound creation & editing Max Bauer und Normann Büttner
Graphics Florian Geierstanger
Dramaturgy supervisor Susanne Quester
Transcription Annika Mayer
Subtitles Birgit Leib
Founded by FFF Bayern
German distribution mindjazz pictures

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