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The ‘workers’ don’t just make honey

The documentary “Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?” places the bee at the forefront of a history that takes us through their catastrophic disappearance and the mysterious world of the beehive.


Ana Mª Martínez Badía

“If bees disappear then man will only have four years to live.” With these words Einstein awoke the fears, curiosity and work of Taggart Siegel, director of the documentary “Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?”, which can be seen in London this coming 22nd June.

The documentary arrives at the city of the Thames following screenings in Santa Monica, Tasmania and Plymouth, communities which have already been affected by the problems recently facing this insect that is on occasions a nuisance, but is hugely admired.

Starting point

In the autumn of 2006, American newspapers alerted us to a fact that is more than a little disconcerting, the mysterious disappearance of bees.

The worker bees had desperately abandoned their hives resulting in beekeeping businesses only managing to satisfy 30% of their orders for the year.

This event is the starting point of Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?”, a documentary that paints a dramatic history through the testimonies of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from all over the world in order to create awareness of the worrying disappearance of the bees and bring us into contact with the mysterious world of beehives and the creation of honey.

“The bees are so vital to our planet that we cannot afford the luxury of losing them,” states Siegel, director of the documentary.

Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?” can be seen in London thanks to the Wanstead and Woodford Friends of the Earth who, in collaboration with the national campaign “Bee Cause”, will present the documentary this coming 22nd June at 6.30pm in Wanstead Library.

Refreshments made with honey, good cinema and a short presentation on natural beekeeping by Organic Lea’s Bee Team, are the principal ingredients not to be missed.

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After being shown in London, the film will continue on to Essex and Houston.

The hive

Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?” hasn’t been limited to just the screen, but has created an entire network in favour of products naturally produced with honey.

On their website,, you can find out how to manage your plants with the aim of respecting the bees’ habitat as well as understand more about the practices of beekeepers and the best natural markets.

Siegel’s project aims to bring the largest possible number of communities into contact with the world of bees, from their classrooms to the interior of their homes and, with this aim, is accepting donations from 25 dollars, so that the “Queens of the sun” can continue flying.

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(Translated by Tim Huntington)

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