Project Description

Cover for the film, Queen of the Sun. Features a man covered in honeybees on the top half of the cover, and sunflowers on the bottom half.

Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?

2011 · Unrated · 1h 22m


Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from Taggart Siegel, director of The Real Dirt on Farmer John.

Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.

Queen of the Sun follows colorful, alternative and inspiring beekeepers from all around the globe as they keep bees in natural and holistic ways. From Gunther Hauk in the United States to Massimo Carpinteri in Italy, each has unique philosophical and spiritual insights into their bees and is striving to keep their bees safe from pesticides, and the other causes behind Colony Collapse Disorder.

About the Filmmakers

Queen of the Sun was produced by Music Box Films and directed by Taggart Siegel. Find out more about the film at


“I had no idea about the importance of honeybees until I read an article in 2007 that bees were not only so crucial to our environment, but that they were dying out on a mass scale, a phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder. The article had a quote attributed to Einstein which scared me enough to get me to pick up my camera and dedicate the next three years of my life to this film. The quote read, “If bees die out, man will only have four years of life left on earth.” Even though this quote has been since disputed, it had a lasting effect on me, and the truth is that bees are so vital to our planet that we can’t afford to lose them.” – Taggart Siegel, Director in interview from The Press Daily Newspaper

“I loved this film, beautifully filmed and told. I especially loved the colorful characters such as the beekeeper who tickles his bees with his mustache and the women dances with thousands of bees on her body. The film had some humor too but it really dives deeply into the issues and helped me understand the problems and then solutions. I learned so much about this world of beekeeping and was relieved that it was uplifting and not doom and gloom.I recommend this film to everyone.” – Paul McDonald, Amazon

“We are very reactionary to bee’s because they have been known for their painful sting. But do most of us understand just how reliant our ecosystem is on the pollinators we fear? This film starts at the beginning; exploring the roots and origin of beekeeping, and explaining their roll in creating the food that sustains us. The film draws on the expertise of entomologist, filed researchers, farmers, beekeepers, and political justices scholars to illustrate just how important and irreplaceable these stunning insects are. Unlike many very philosophically dense and heavy documentaries, Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us? leaves you feeling warm and uplifted. Highly recommended!” – Intrepid, 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, Queen of the Sun. Features a man covered in honeybees on the top half of the cover, and sunflowers on the bottom half.

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