紀錄片推介-水的奥秘 Documentary-Water: The Great Mystery

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 我們經常提到最珍惜食物、珍惜地球上的資源,而「水」在其中擔當著極為重要的角色。

說水是「生命之源」,相信沒有人是反對。但大家對水的了解又有多少? 

「水的奥秘」是一部解構水的紀錄片。假如你
… 有興趣更深入地了解你每天都會喝的水,以及它如何影響你的身體
…想知道水能如何助你保持記憶
…想認識這個自然物質的由來
…想了解為什麼水對我們來就是這麼重要
…知道水如何把每一種生物環環相扣⋯⋯

你需要看看這套紀錄片。

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.

蜂蜜以外 More than Honey

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.

從表面上看,過度使用農藥和病毒及真菌的生長的確威脅蜜蜂的存在。Mark 說,越來越多的蜜蜂死亡,不僅是由以上原因引起,還有是文明的進步和繁榮,以及其他自然因素,如森林砍伐、氣候變化和生物多樣性的喪失,加起來才形成現在的問題也。

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.

Source:  Go.Asia
Special Credit: Jianne Soriano

影片推介:《我們相信有機》Documentary Recommendation: “IN ORGANIC WE TRUST”

documentary: in organic we trust

《我們相信有機》(美國,2012, 82分鐘)

《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。

近年,美國的社區開始注意健康食品,有機食品亦迎刃而生。在過去的10年裡,有機食品的銷售每年增長約20%,超過73%的雜貨店出售有機產品。有機食品已經不再是一種屬於年輕專業人士獨享的潮流。今天,有超過一半的美國人聲稱吃用有機食品,然而,大多數人並一不了解什麼是「有機」。當「有機」成為一個品牌,一切都有所改變,同時衍生不同的問題。需求擴張的速度太快,本地小農業無力應付,結果是大公司的加入。

這部紀錄片打破了很多人對於有機產品的迷思﹣以第一人身探討何謂有機,透視有機食品產業,揭示了它的利與弊。影片為農業系統與當地的農貿市場、城市農民和學校花園的可持續發展帶來新的啟示。

IN ORGANIC WE TRUST (USA, 2012, 82 min.)

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