WATER is one of the most profound and thought provoking films I have ever seen!
As we all know, water is basically the source of every life in this earth. No one can live without it. If you
… are interested in deeper knowledge of the water you drink and how it effects your body
… want to discover the amazing secrets of how water can hold memory
… are open to taking your mind to another level to discover the beauty and complexity of mother nature
… want to understand why it is important for us to protect our natural environment
… want to understand how every living thing is essentially a container of water and how we can positively and negatively effect it’s makeup
here you go (oh well,, trailer first).
This film is truly compelling and will have you thinking “wow” at the end. You won’t believe how truly beautiful and complex a natural substance can be and why we need to embrace and protect this profound element.
Check it out.
紀錄片《More Than Honey》 由 Markus Imhoof 執導。Mark 走遍四大洲，訪問科學家和蜜蜂養殖者，探討有關蜜蜂場的現況。「假如蜜蜂從地球上消失，人類將只能多活4年。」蜜蜂的死亡錄得破紀錄的數字，然而科學家未找到背後的原因。蜜蜂對人類的生活，尤其是食物鏈上，擔當著很重要的角色。我們所吃的食物，超過三分一是靠蜜蜂傳播花粉來繁忙的。然而今天蜜蜂的死亡錄得破紀錄的數字，科學家未找到背後的原因。
<More Than Honey> is a documentary by Markus Imhoof who travelled to four continents in order to interview scientists and bee-keepers about having bee farms.
Bees are important pollinators that pollinate the vegetables and fruits that we consume. They pollinate over a third of the fruits and veggies that we eat. Not to mention the fact they are also important in chemical-agriculture and especially in honey-manufacturing. However, over the past years, the number of bees are dropping even with scientists not being sure why.
“If bees were to disappear from the globe…mankind would have four years left to live.” These words, was quoted in the film.
Imhoof made this documentary in order to share his fears of the dropping numbers of bees; hereon, he introduces the audience with a bee-keeper having 15,000 bee hives. The documentary also offers close-in shots of bees hatching and feeding one another that allows the viewers to a deeper view of the bees than they have encountered in their lives.
要解決蜜蜂瀕臨絕種的問題，Mark 提到透過培育非洲剎人蜂（ Africanized killer bees）也許是一個方法。非洲剎人蜂雖然相當危險，但基於他們擁有良好的免疫系統，將有助蜜蜂繁殖，避免蜜蜂絕種。
It seemed that the overuse of pesticides and the growth of viruses and fungi are threatening the existence of bees. More Than Honey not only shows the positive sight of these creatures but also the negative side; bees being crushed by mechanical loaders and being eaten by destructive mites. However, Imhoof said that the increasing death of bees are not only caused by the following but because of the advancement and prosperity of civilization as well. Other natural factors like deforestation, climate change and loss of biodiversity also add up to the faults.
However, Imhoof is quite optimistic that the Africanized killer bees will help to avoid the complete dropping in numbers of bees as their immune system is intact. Although they could be quite dangerous, Imhoof is hopeful that by breeding them the population of bees will remain constant.
Special Credit: Jianne Soriano
《我們相信有機》（In Organic We Trust） 乃 2012年度美國環境影展 Environmental Film Festival in the National’s Capital 的其中一部參展紀錄片。
Not long ago, Americans pledged to eat less junk and more healthy foods. Thus was born the popularity of the organic food brand. For the last 10 years, organic food sales have grown 20 percent each year, and now, over 73 percent of grocery stores sell organic products. This is no longer a fad for well-educated young professionals. Today, more than half of all Americans eat some type of organic food. Yet most people don’t have a clue what it means. When “organic” became a brand, everything changed – the movement and the label grew apart. Demand expanded too quickly to be supported by small local farming and big corporations went into the business. As they did in manufacturing, they scaled up or out-sourced. This film takes a first-hand look at the organic food industry and reveals its shortcomings. It explores paths toward a truly organic, self-sustaining agriculture system with local farmers’ markets, urban farmers and school gardens inspiring new solutions.
Directed by Kip Pastor. Produced by Kip Pastor and Emma Fletcher.
Source: Environmental Film Festival in the National’s Capital