There’s so much to learn about our pollinator heroes! Check out these bee movies and videos and watch with parents, kids, friends and neighbors!

1. The Pollinators (2019) by Peter Nelson

About: “The Pollinators is a cinematic journey around the United States following

migratory beekeepers and their truckloads of honeybees as they pollinate the flowers

that become the fruits, nuts and vegetables we all eat. We will talk to farmers, scientist,

chefs, economists and academics along the way to give a broad perspective about the

threats to honeybees and what it means to our food security.”

Length: 1h 32m

How to Watch: Visit to learn how to set up a neighborhood screening

in a theatre near you.

2. More Than Honey (2012) by Markus Imhoof

About: “Oscar-nominated director Markus Imhoof (The Boat Is Full) tackles the

vexing issue of why bees, worldwide, are facing extinction. From California to

Switzerland, China and Australia, Imhoof investigates this global phenomenon. Exquisite

macro-photography of the bees in flight and in their hives reveals a fascinating, complex

world in crisis. Narrated by John Hurt.”

Length: 1h 35m

How to Watch: Amazon or on iTunes

3. Honeyland (2019) by Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov

About: “Hatidze lives with her ailing mother in the mountains of Macedonia, making a

living cultivating honey using ancient beekeeping traditions. When an unruly family

moves in next door, what at first seems like a balm for her solitude becomes a source of

tension as they, too, want to practice beekeeping, while disregarding her advice. The

most awarded film [of 2019’s] Sundance Film Festival, winning the World Cinema Grand

Jury Prize, a Special Jury Award for Cinematography, and another Special Jury Award

for Originality. Honeyland is an epic, visually stunning portrait of the delicate balance

between nature and humanity that has something sweet for everyone.”

Length: 1h 27m

How to Watch: Apple TV, Hulu, DVD, and Digital. Also available On Demand.

4. Vanishing of the Bees (2009) by George Langworthy and Maryam Henein

About: “The movie highlights the challenges bees are facing in this fast modernizing

world. With a special focus on Colony Collapse Disorder, it presents us the economic,

political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honey bee.

This documentary follows organic and commercial beekeepers fighting against big

corporations and trying to save their bees.”

Length: 1h

How to Watch: Amazon

5. Who Killed the Honey Bees? (2009) by James Esrkine

About: “Introduced by Martha Kearney, this BBC documentary, full-length available on

YouTube, explores the reasons behind the decline of bee colonies across the globe,

investigating the key contributors to the devastation. This simple documentary is a good

introduction to Colony Collapse Disorder. A 50-minute documentary explaining tracing

the history of commercial beekeepers.”

Length: 58min

6. The Last Beekeeper (2008) by Jeremy Simmons

About: “In 1950, the United States had a work force numbering 200,000 beekeepers, in

2008, there were less than 1,600! One of the eldest professions in the world faces

extinction. The movie follows the struggles of three American beekeepers as their

colonies are threatened by a mysterious illness. A unique perspective on commercial


Length: 1h 6m

How to Watch: Streaming Options Here

7. Queen of The Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us? (2010) by Taggart Siegel

About: “The empty hives and mounds of dead worker bees are sounding their red alert,

and this documentary breaks it down for us. If the bees are dying, so are we. If the plants

are contaminated, so is our food. If the colony has collapsed, we are going down with

them. By highlighting the possible causes of the high mortality of our bees, we can see

that other pollinators such as birds and butterflies are also affected. If that doesn’t get to

you, then you, the final consumer should consider that the very same flowers that feed

the bees wind up in your body in the form of fruit, vegetables, and nuts. Watch this

documentary and see how we are going wrong, and also how we can begin to redeem

our dire situation.”

Length: 1h 22m

How to Watch: Buy or Rent on YouTube

8. Why Bees are Disappearing (2013) by Marla Spivak

About: “This is a 15-minute Ted Talk video that will help you understand how important

bees, not just honey bees, are to our existence. She explains, very simply, how efficient

the honey bee is as a homemaker and caretaker and goes through the ways we can

help this vital creature thrive.”

Length: 15 min

9. Keep the Hives Alive (2016) by Trent Waterman

About: “Watch as commercial beekeeper James Cook and filmmaker Trent Waterman

drive a truck filled with over 2.5 million dead bees through South Dakota and Minnesota

to connect with local farmers and hear the stories of those affected by pollinator-killing


Length: 36min

How to Watch: Watch on YouTube

10. Bee People (2014) by David G. Knappe

Length: 1hr 43min

About: “Bee People is not just a documentary. It is an adventure. Join Gregg McMahan,

Colorado's own 'Bee Guru' and Tony 'Bees' Planakis, NYPD's go to beekeeper as they

share extraordinary insight and take viewers on a ride they will never forget. This film is

not just appealing to fans of nature and all things green. There is an incredible

assortment of people and compelling events that make this movie feel like an epic


How to Watch: Amazon

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