As the human race continues expand, the effect of our presence continues to be felt in different ways seemingly each time we turn a corner. One unexpected effect is the rapid disappearance of the honey bee from American farms. Queen of the Sun, now playing at Red River Theatres, explains why this could have a huge detrimental effect on our farms and our lives.
Directed by Taggart Seigel, Queen of the Sun focuses on the tremendous impact honey bees have on our daily lives. Simply put, without bees, there would be no agriculture and the way we consume food would look a lot different. The continued use of pesticides seems to be a likely culprit but the causes of Colony Collapse Disorder (in which bees either die or simply disappear in mass numbers) are not yet completely understood.
Throughout the documentary, we meet several beekeepers all over the world who are, in a sense, “doing their part.” One of the suggested ways to reverse CCD is to see a rise in beekeepers. Beehives don’t have to be exclusive to farms; a few of the beekeepers featured in this film live in urban areas. Most of these people are a little left of center (or hippies, if you will) and have an obsession with bees that pushes the boundaries of healthy, but it’s inspiring to watch people from all walks of life trying to reverse an increasingly dire situation.
And that’s part of what makes Queen of the Sun work so well. While it does shine a light on something very troubling, it also shows the positive side: that this situation can be reversed if enough people start providing bees with a hospitable area to do their thing. Queen of the Sun is showing this week at Red River Theatres, go check it out.