Project Description

Cover for the film, More Than Honey. Features a closeup of a honey bee on a yellow flower.

More Than Honey

2013 · Unrated · 1h 35m


 From Markus Imhoof (the director of the Academy Award nominated film The Boat is Full) directs the documentary, More Than Honey, that tackles the vexing issue of why bees, worldwide, are facing extinction.

With the tenacity of a man out to solve a world-class mystery, he investigates this global phenomenon, from California to Switzerland, China and Australia. Exquisite macro-photography of the bees (reminiscent of Microcosmos) in flight and in their hives reveals a fascinating, complex world in crisis.

About the Filmmakers

More Than Honey was produced by Kino Lorber and directed by Markus Imhoof. Find out more about the film at


“Even if you have no interest in bees I would recommend going to see this film. It’s entertaining simply from a character-based perspective, as well as being visually magnificent. I promise that you won’t see bees in the same way afterwards.” – Felicity Muth. “More Than Honey: A Review.” Scientific American. 1 Sept 2013

“The cinematography, by Jörg Jeshel, is spectacularly beautiful, whether the camera is contemplating the Swiss Alps or the interior of a hive, where bees are observed in enlarged close-up.” – Stephen Holden. “In Fields and Hives, Zooming In on What Ails Bees.” New York Times. 11 June 2013

“What’s really frightening about “Honey” isn’t what a hive of angry bees might do to us, but what we’ve done to them.” – Michael O’Sullivan. “More Than Honey Movie Review.” Washington Post. 18 Jun 2013

“There have been a number of recent films on bees; More Than Honey is easily the best — thoroughly researched, superb photography (including a mesmerizing shot of a queen bee mating) and featuring interesting individuals from the world-wide beekeeping community. The importance of almond pollination to commercial beekeepers in the U.S. is covered (1.6 million bee colonies are needed in California almond orchards for several weeks in February) with cameras following beekeeper John Miller during this time. Current well-publicized problems with honey bees are covered and some solutions offered. The makers of this film did their homework and obviously spent many, many hours making this film. The result is an entertaining and educational film suitable for a wide audience, whether they are familiar with honey bees or not.” – Joe Traynor, Amazon

“This film was well done. It was beautifully filmed with some absolutely amazing footage. It tells the modern story of bees and shows that our use of them can be exploitation. Even some of the bee keepers that think they are treating the bees with respect are show, in a sublime way, that they actually aren’t. I liked that the film didn’t give and conclusive reason for colony collapse disorder but showed it is most likely a lot of different issues including pollution. It does pose the question that perhaps the bees we are exploiting for honey and pollination are just not healthy and that is the biggest reason for all for CCD. I do find it strange the film didn’t mention neonicotinoids which the EU has pretty much proven is a very large contributor to CCD. Nevertheless, this is a complete film that shows the trouble bees are in, for many different reasons, from several different sides. Highly recommended.” – Jand M., Amazon

Related Reading

Honey is a hotly debated topic among vegans and non-vegans. Vegans avoid honey and bee products because bees make them. This avoidance makes sense. Vegans avoid animal products, and a bee is an animal.

But some people disagree and believe that avoiding minutia ingredients like honey can harm the vegan movement by appearing too rigid or difficult. So, who’s right? Does the cultivation of honey and bee products hurt animals? What about the environment? Are bees animals? Are vegans just being extreme?

Let’s find out. Here is a complete and practical guide to finally put an end to the question, “Is Honey Vegan?


Cover for the film, More Than Honey. Features a closeup of a honey bee on a yellow flower.

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