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Markus Imhoof, 2012

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One-third of our food depends on honey bees’ pollinating activities. Yet our frenetic civilisation, all monocultures and agrichemicals, is killing them off.

Such is the argument of Markus Imhoof’s beautifully filmed documentary, which follows assorted beekeepers – a placid old cheroot-smoker in an Alpine valley, an anxious beemagnate whose hives service a Californian mega-orchard, and others – through their daily rounds. The tone, abetted by John Hurt’s narration, is more meditative than strident; that makes the message all the more powerful.

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