The Life of the Colony
The Seppi family, all of whom are devout fundamentalist Christians, serves as an interesting focal point for the film because of their fascinating family dynamic, which is almost bee colony-like in its approach to the beekeeping business. Everyone has a specific job or function, and the social order is disturbed when the family must renegotiate fees with farmers who claim that they cannot meet the terms to which they'd initially agreed.
That their dilemma reflects the overall plight of beekeepers is made clear through interviews with beekeeper association spokespersons, agri-experts and others who're working in the field -- including one man whose face is obscured by bees during the interview -- and understand the far reaching effects of 'colony collapse disorder.' We see that while they're appealing to insecticide chemists and manufacturers and government officials for help in resolving the 'colony collapse' issue, they're also genuinely concerned that beekeeping may no longer be a sustainable business. And, they question, if beekeeping goes, what will become of the farmers who rely on their services, and of the nation's food supply?
Profiling the Colony
Colony provides no easy answers, but it does send out an alarm about the seriousness of the situation. You realize that bees are quite essential to our way of life and our economy, and will want to investigate what you might be able to do to help. Simply put: we must take steps to prevent further disappearance of the bees!
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- Title: Colony: The Endangered World of Bees
- Director: Carter Gunn and Ross McDonnell
- Premiere Date: September 12, 2009 (Toronto International Film Festival)
- DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
- Running Time: 88 mins.
- Parental Advisory: Content advisory for parents
- Locations: California, Florida and elsewhere in the USA
- Language: English
- Production Country: Ireland/USA
- Production Company: Fastnet Films
- Distribution Company: Docurama
- Official Website