AWFJ Women On Film – “Queen Of The Sun” – Susan Granger reviews

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According to Taggart Siegel in this revelatory new documentary, what the honeybees are telling us is that – because of mankind’s manipulation of nature – they’re sick, stressed out and starving.

There’s no doubt that the honeybee population is dwindling around the world – and it’s not really a surprise. Back in 1923, Austrian scientist, philosopher and social innovator Rudolf Steiner predicted that, in 80 to 100 years, honeybee hives would collapse. And he was right.

What is now termed “Colony Collapse Disorder” is prevalent everywhere. Why? What happened?

Answering those questions are world renowned biodynamic beekeeper Gunther Hauk, best-selling “Omnivore’s Dilemma” author Michael Pollan, Indian activist Vandana Shiva and a host of eccentric others – tracing 10,000 years of beekeeping and explaining how the symbiotic relationship between humans and honeybees has been disrupted by profit-driven, highly mechanized industrial practices which involves mono-cropping or planting the same crop over many acres for many years.

Honeybees are a barometer of the health of the world, since they fly millions of miles to keep the earth in bloom and have provided humans with honey, wax and pollination for our food. What if they become extinct?

To prevent that, Gunther Hauk founded Spikenard Farm and Honeybee Sanctuary in Floyd, Virginia. Surrounded by industrial agriculture, he’s created a 600-acre farm to help support the bees in crisis.

Independent filmmaker Taggart Siegel previously made the award-winning “The Real Dirt on Farmer John” about a maverick visionary farmer. This time, he has not only traveled the world but he’s artfully organized his collection of interviews and peppered them with artful animation and stunning, compelling imagery. As co-founder of Collective Eye, Inc., based in Portland, Oregon, and San Francisco, California, Siegel offers hope-laden solutions for positive change, a cultural shift to insure a sustainable, healthy and verdant future.

On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, “Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?” is an alarming, insightful 7, offering a rare glimpse into insects in crisis.

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Susan Granger

Susan Granger is a product of Hollywood. Her natural father, S. Sylvan Simon, was a director and producer at R.K.O., M.G.M. and Columbia Pictures; her adoptive father, Armand Deutsch, produced movies at M.G.M. As a child, Susan appeared in movies with Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Margaret O'Brien and Lassie. She attended Mills College in California, studying journalism with Pierre Salinger, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with highest honors in journalism. During her adult life, Susan has been on radio and television as an anchorwoman and movie/drama critic. Her newspaper reviews have been syndicated around the world, and she has appeared on American Movie Classics cable television. In addition, her celebrity interviews and articles have been published in REDBOOK, PLAYBOY, FAMILY CIRCLE, COSMOPOLITAN, WORKING WOMAN and THE NEW YORK TIMES, as well as in PARIS MATCH, ELLE, HELLO, CARIBBEAN WORLD, ISLAND LIFE, MACO DESTINATIONS, NEWS LIMITED NEWSPAPERS (Australia), UK DAILY MAIL, UK SUNDAY MIRROR, DS (France), LA REPUBBLICA (Italy), BUNTE (Germany), VIP TRAVELLER (Krisworld) and many other international publications through SSG Syndicate. Susan also lectures on the "Magic and Mythology of Hollywood" and "Don't Take It Personally: Conquering Criticism and other Survival Skills," originally published on tape by Dove Audio.