Honey Hunters Script

52 minute cut down

 

10.00.01 – TEXT BOARD

In the past, in Eastern Europe, bees were kept in forests.

 

10.00.03 – TEXT BOARD

People made hollows in trees and logs for the bees to live in

 

10.00.06 – TEXT BOARD

Today, this old craft is witnessing a revival in Poland.

 

10.00.08 – TEXT BOARD

The natural tree beekeeper is called BARTNIK.

 

10.01.09 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

My name is Magda Popławska. I am an actress.

 

10.01.14 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

I’m taking part in a film. A documentary.

 

VOICE OF CAMERA

Great.

 

10.01.19 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

About bees. I’m really into this topic. And the world now keeps talking about how the bees are going extinct. So I want to learn what can be done to help them survive.

 

10.01.35 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

To help us. If they die, we will follow. So I’m going to Bashkortostan in Russia. And to Nepal. Maybe I can learn something.

 

10.01.49 – TEXT BOARD

Honey Hunters

 

10.01.57 – TEXT BOARD

Warsaw, Poland

 

10.02.20 – MAN IN LIFT

Make room for Kamil, the main protagonist.

 

10.02.23 - KAMIL

I'm no protagonist. The bees are.

 

10.02.33 - RECEPTIONIST

Kamil, have you seen that?

 

10.02.37 - KAMIL

Wow, it's great. Nice. Front cover.

 

10.02.42 - RECEPTIONIST

That's really something.

 

10.02.45 – KAMIL

Cool.

 

10.02.47 - RECEPTIONIST

I have to admit that the idea of placing all of it on the roofs of different buildings is quite interesting

and I think it's...

 

10.02.58 - KAMIL

And it's in the city.

 

10.02.58 – RECEPTIONIST

Yeah! In the city. I haven't heard of anything like that before.

 

10.03.04 - KAMIL

Maybe I'll talk the marketing department into placing one on our roof...

 

10.03.08 - RECEPTIONIST

That's a good idea.

 

10.03.09 - KAMIL

... or on the 18th floor.

 

10.03.18 – SECURITY MAN

We will fetch a trolley. Come with us. We'll get the IDs.

 

10.03.25 – MAN BEHIND DESK

Good morning.

 

10.03.26 – KAMIL

Morning. My name is Kamil Baj. We brought the bees.

 

10.03.29 – MAN BEHIND DESK

How many people?

 

10.03.30 – KAMIL

10 000 bees.

 

10.03.35 – VOICE OVER THE RADIO

Make sure you let them in.

 

10.03.38 – SECURITY MAN

We're getting on the roof with the gentleman and the bees.

 

10.03.58 – SECURITY MAN

We're going to the 2nd floor.

 

10.04.00 - KAMIL

The roof of the biggest shopping mall in Warsaw.

 

10.04.04 – MAN ONE TALKING

2 or 3 hectares.

 

10.04.05 – MAN TWO TALKING

It still is the biggest mall.

 

10.04.12 – SECURITY MAN

Is this spot all right?

 

10.04.14 - KAMIL

Yes, it's fine.

 

10.04.18 - KAMIL

After all this stress they need half an hour to relax. Then I'll open them. So they can calm down.

 

10.04.30 - KAMIL

A beekeeper always has a smoker and his hat. Last year a friend told us that Arkadia has a green rooftop. This is eco honey. I could get a certificate if we weren't in Warsaw. It meets all the standards.

 

10.04.46 – SECURITY MAN

I suppose Warsaw could have better honey than the countryside. No spraying, no chemicals.

 

10.04.53 - KAMIL

In the countryside the bees get sprayed sometimes. They don't even make it to the hive.

They just drop dead.

 

10.05.00 - KAMIL

I'm smelling the hive. You can feel warmth. And you can smell nectar if it's going fine.

 

10.05.27 – FRANCESCO PANELLA, President of Bee Life – European Beekeeping Coordination, Italy

We are witnessing a decline in the numbers of all small forms of life. The European Community confirmed that in the last 20 years we have lost 60% of butterflies. Of all pollinators. And so it is not a decline or a crisis of bees. It is a crisis of small forms of life and of biodiversity.

 

10.06.18 – GRAPHIC

Bashkortostan, South Ural, Russian Federation

 

10.06.25 – DR DENNIS Van ENGELSDORP, Uniwersytet Maryland, USA

One of every 3 buy to food we eat are directly or indirectly pollinated by honeybees.

 

10.06.46 DR DENNIS Van ENGELSDORP

There are three things everyone can do to help bees. One: is to become beekeeper. Beekeeping is the most relaxing thing you can do. Two: it’s the plants a pollinator garden and have make sure that in your environment there you have plants bees can live an. And three: it’s the buy local honey because buy local honey you supporting your local beekeeper.

 

10.07.10 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Hello. Would you give me a lift to the village?

 

10.07.15 – DRIVER

Yes, get in.

 

10.07.17 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Thank you very much.

 

10.07.28 – TEXT BOARD

Honey of Bashkortostan festival

 

10.07.30 – VOICE OVER TANNOY

Dear friends, soon we will announce the winners of this crafts competition in the following categories: best beekeeper, best wild-bee keeper, best hive, best tree hive, best wild-bee keeping costume.

 

10.08.14 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Russian language? I had 2 lessons. No way I can communicate.

 

10.08.21 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Here, in Bashkortostan, I want to get to know bartniks and their work. And I want to know why in Russia natural methods of bee breeding remain a part of the people’s lives, not just tradition. In Poland this culture is only just reviving. The beekeeping can be our hope to save bees.

 

10.09.41 – BEE MAN 1

If you rub it... The smell. Look. This smell. Bees like it a lot.

 

10.09.49 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

They like it?

 

10.09.50 – BEE MAN 1

Yes. The smell of the queen.

 

0.09.53 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

I'd better spread it.

 

10.09.54 – BEEN MAN 1

Herbs.

 

10.09.54 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Herbs.

 

10.10.00 – BEE MAN 1

This is a log. A home log. Beautiful. They started gathering honey already. It's half full. It's almost enough for them to survive the winter. We can take honey from this side. And we leave this side for them for wintertime. It's more than enough for the winter.

 

10.10.24 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

There aren't many bees. They are in the back.

 

10.10.29 – BEE MAN 1

Take it.

 

10.10.32 – BEE MAN 1

Oh boy. Come on, take it. I'm sharing my delicious honey with you.

 

10.10.37 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Won't they try to get the honey back? Because I have...

 

10.10.40 – BEE MAN 1

Come! Take it!

 

10.10.43 – MAN OFF CAMERA

I don't want it.

 

10.10.46 – BEE MAN 1

Don't they sting you?

 

10.10.49 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Oh, it’s scary.

 

10.10.53 – BEE MAN 1

What are you afraid of?

 

10.10.55 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

If one gets in here.

 

10.10.56 – BEE MAN 1

They are starting to sting. Let's close it. We will close it. Come on.

 

10.11.05 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Why won't he cover up? He should cover himself. You should cover yourself.

 

10.11.10 – BEE MAN 1

What?

 

10.11.10 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Down. Jesus... So it's not that easy after all.

 

10.11.19 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Oh fuck, it bit me. All right, I think it's hidden here. Will it bite me again?

 

10.11.25 – BEE MAN 1

No, it won't.

 

10.11.26 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

But we wanted them to bite me on the first day, right?

 

10.11.29 – BEE MAN 1

Do they sting?

 

10.11.30 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

And so it did. You really need to master the art of Zen.

 

10.11.42 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

I'll be frank. I'm afraid this won't be so easy. You can hear them... knocking. And they keep walking until you think they will find a hole.

 

10.11.53 BEE MAN 1

They stung me.

 

10.11.56 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

A lot. They stung him terribly.

 

10.12.00 BEE MAN 1

One is still walking somewhere. It's here.

 

10.12.39 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Good morning.

 

10.12.45 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Hello.

 

10.12.49 – BEE MAN 2

Good morning.

 

10.12.54 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

So where are your bees?

 

10.12.55 – BEE MAN 2

In the forest. Come on, let's have a look.

 

10.12.59 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

What's this?

 

10.13.01 – BEE MAN 2

It's for honey.

 

10.13.03 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

But what for?

 

10.13.04 – BEE MAN 2

To gather honey.

 

10.13.04 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Oh, I see.

 

10.13.07 – BEE MAN 2

This one is traditional. It's called a batman.

 

10.13.10 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

This one is new and that one is old.

 

10.13.13 – BEE MAN 2

Some ants.

 

10.13.18 – BEE MAN 2

This one is contemporary.

 

10.13.27 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Is your honey harvesting area big?

 

10.13.30 – BEE MAN 2

It is. Around 150 tree hives. There are bees in more than half of them. It's a range of... We're in the centre of the area with a radius of 25-30 kilometres.

 

10.13.49 – BEE MAN 2

You'd have to ask my son. Why ask an old man like me?

 

10.13.52 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Your son has a wife, too. Why would I talk to him?

 

10.13.55

As Muslims we can have up to 5 wives.

 

10.14.01 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

And Polish women can have 4 husbands.

 

10.14.04 – BEE MAN 2

That's not how it's supposed to be.

 

10.14.18 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

One for cleaning. Another for cooking.

 

10.14.21 – BEE MAN 2

For cooking. And the third for sleeping?

 

10.14.25 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Yes.

 

10.14.29 – BEE MAN 2

You're so sly, Magda.

 

10.14.36 – BEE MAN 2

Right...You spoiled the weather. Polish friends.

 

10.14.51 – DR DENNIS van ENGELSDORP

So, number one it’s varroa mite and diseases. We need to have better ways of controlling this diseases. The second one: is pesticides that have been applied to the field. And we have to understand better the impact that pesticides have on the bees and have the mitigate this exposures. And third: and this is becoming increasingly employed is we are releasing the bees have less, less land from which collected honey and pollen.

 

10.15.33 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Tell me, who is a tree beekeeper from Bashkortostan?

 

10.15.39 – BEE MAN 2

A tree beekeeper?

 

10.15.40 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Yes?

 

10.15.41 – BEE MAN 2

A tree beekeeper is just a regular man.

 

10.15.57 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Yes? Anything else?

 

10.15.50 – BEE MAN 2

Anyone can become a tree beekeeper.

 

10.15.51 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Anyone? Even me?

 

 

10.15.52 – BEE MAN 2

Yes. You too. If you want it.

 

10.15.57 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA  

We'll see.

 

10.15.57 – BEE MAN 2

Yes.

 

10.16.08 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Is every tree fit for a hive?

 

10.16.10 – BEE MAN 2

It should be 150-200 years old. Some... 90 centimetres wide. The highest hives are at 15-17 metres. The lower you cut the hive the weaker the tree becomes. The higher...The stronger the tree. And they don't steal because they'd have to climb. If you place the hive on the ground anyone could come and take the honey. Right.

 

10.17.00 – BEE MAN 2

This is a tamga.

 

10.17.01 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Tamga?

 

10.17.02 – BEE MAN 2

Yes. The tamga of the Ibragimov family.

 

10.17.06 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

It says it's you tree?

 

10.17.06 – BEE MAN 2

Yes. Nobody but me can come close. Only my son and I can look inside.

 

10.17.23 – BEE MAN 2

You throw the belt again. Up it goes. Once you're up you have to shorten the belt. Like this. Ok.

 

10.17.41 – BEE MAN 2

Hold it like this.

 

10.17.43 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Right. But wait here and catch me if fall.

 

10.17.47 – BEE MAN 2

Ok, I will. Go on. Good. Belt up. Go on, don't stop. Well done.

 

10.18.15 – BEE MAN 2

You're doing well!

 

10.18.17 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

I think they're getting nervous. Oh Jesus...

 

10.18.34 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

What a scary sound. What a smell.

 

10.18.48 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

The smell of honey. Of course.

 

10.18.59 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

I'd better stop peeping inside or they'll notice me.

 

10.19.16 – BEE MAN 1

You can do it already.

 

10.19.18 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

It would be hard without these.

 

10.19.21 – BEE MAN 2

It's done without the gloves.

 

10.19.24 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

No way, I need them.

 

10.19.26 – BEE MAN 2

You're an actress, of course you do. We are no artists.

 

10.20.38 – BEE MAN 3

Boy, how they stung me. It's unbelievable that the bees won't sting them. They keep stinging me.

 

10.20.47 – BEE MAN 2

This is a drone. A non-working bee. It neither bites nor stings.

 

10.20.57 – BEE MAN 3

Under that branch?

 

10.20.59 – BEE MAN 2

Under the branch. Cut the hive under that big branch. Understood? Make your sign, your tamga.

 

10.21.11 – BEE MAN 2

And the tree is ours.

 

10.21.19 – BEE MAN 3

We will put the long one crowsswise. Come down and hand me the wire in a moment.

 

10.21.32 – BEE MAN 2

We're dancing here in a moment.

 

10.21.52 – BEE MAN 3

I've started it.

 

10.22.03 – BEE MAN 3

Could you get it out?

 

10.22.05 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Yeah, all right. God, this alone is heavy.

 

10.22.16 – BEE MAN 3

You have to do it stronger.

 

10.22.17 -– MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Stronger?

 

10.22.18 – BEE MAN 3

Yes.

 

10.22.18 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

You need to be strong for that.

 

10.22.19 – BEE MAN 2

Help her.

 

10.22.22 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Yeah...

 

10.22.28 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Junir, how many new hives do you make in a year?

 

10.22.32 – BEE MAN 2

We have planned to make 5 tree hives each year. And to hang 10 logs a year.

 

10.22.42 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Gazinur, are you covering this hive today?

 

10.22.46 – BEE MAN 3

No. It needs time to dry up. Around a year.

 

10.22.54 – BEE MAN 2

Is it going well? Good.

 

10.22.59 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

It would take a year for me to make this on my own.

 

10.23.21 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

I have to take this off.

 

10.23.22 – BEE MAN 2

Is it hot?

 

10.23.23 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Don’t worry, just a little. What are we having?

 

10.23.28 – BEE MAN 2

Bear meat, I suppose.

 

10.23.37 – BEE MAN 2

In the recent years we have been harvesting from 500 to 800 kilograms. Or even a ton. But we don't get to harvest a ton very often. 1,000 kilograms.

 

10.23.56 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Have you heard that bees are dying all around the world? And nobody knows why.

 

10.24.03 – BEE MAN 2

Our bees are still alive. They survive the winters. They don't die, thanks be to God.

 

10.24.13 – BEE MAN 2

Recently nobody ploughs around here. Nobody sows. Nobody spreads fertilizers. There are no fields. In our village my brothers lost their whole apiaries. This year some wild-bee keepers lost all the bees in their tree hives. But our bees survived, for some reason. I don't know. Oh, Allah.

 

10.25.08 – FRANCESCO PANELLA

The chemical industry has a thesis. Find the wrongdoer: electromagnetic waves, beekeepers who have become incompetent all of a sudden, diseases... All this to divert our attention from the real problem. And the problem is the emergence of new types of insecticides. One gram of neonicotinoids is as toxic as 7,360 grams of DDT. The terrible DDT. This is the problem.

 

10.25.49 – ADAM

Hello.  My name is Adam.

 

10.25.49

I am Magda.

 

10.25.51 – TEXT BOARD

Poland

 

10.25.52 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

I'm here to learn something.

 

10.25.53 – ADAM

What kind of education?

 

10.25.54 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Wild-bee keeping.

 

10.25.55 - ADAM

I'm not such an experienced bartnik (tree beekeeper).

 

10.25.58 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

I bet I'm far worse.

 

10.25.59 – ADAM

I'm a beginner myself.

 

10.26.01 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

But you have some certificates, right?

 

10.26.03 – ADAM

I do.

 

10.26.03– MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

And I don't have any. You must know more than I do.

 

10.26.11 - ADAM

Here's the clutch and the throttle. Can you see this line?  Follow it.

 

10.26.15 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

We'll see. I bet I can't do it.

 

10.26.16 - ADAM

Calm down.

 

10.26.17 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Oh! I can't even lift it!

 

10.26.19 - ADAM

Gently. It's straight here. And go.

 

10.26.31 - ADAM

Very nice. Don't push it so deep. See? It's easier. Put it inside like this. Make a lever.

 

10.26.42 - ADAM

The hives you saw in Bashkortostan were and still are used for 100 years and more. It was hard but rewarding work. Long ago in Poland the income from wild-bee keeping exceeded the total income from hunting and timber.

 

10.27.01 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Really?

 

10.27.02 – ADAM

Yes.

 

10.27.05 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Let me try...

 

10.27.05 – ADAM

Wait, I'm going to make it. But I'm not sure if I am going to succeed.

 

10.27.09 – VOICE OFF CAMERA

Good, good! Careful.

 

10.27.11 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

All right. I can go there.

 

10.27.13 - ADAM

No, don't. It's not safe.

 

10.27.1 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

I'll use my willpower, then.

 

10.27.28 - ADAMA

Three, four... I suppose we have five hanging already.

 

10.27.34 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Plus the tree hives.

 

10.27.36 - ADAM

There are one, two, three... I suppose it's five as well. These are finished. There are five more logs in the yard. We will hang them in spring. I think the bees will settle in. Why do I do this? Because I like it. It's the only reason.

 

10.27.55 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

That's good.

 

10.27.55 – ADAM

I keep bees, I like them. And I like being a bartnik.

 

10.28.03 - ADAM

And how did you get so interested in tree beekeeping? Do you like bees that much? Or is it wild-bee keeping as such?

 

10.28.11 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

I'd like to be closer to nature though I live in the city and it's very difficult. I stopped eating meat and developed an interest for it. And then...

 

10.28.22 – ADAM

I don't eat meat during Lent either.

 

10.28.26 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

The bees have also become a hot topic. There is this alarm that if they die we will follow.

 

10.28.36 - ADAM

We are going to hang the log on the second oak.

 

10.28.42 - ADAM

All right, let's begin.

 

10.29.14 – TEXTBOARD

Paris, France

 

10.29.20 – FRENCH BEEKEEPER

Hello!

 

10.29.21 - KAMIL

Hi.

 

10.29.22 – FRENCH BEEKEEPER

I have hives on the roof of the Military School. To be precise, it's on the chapel.

 

10.29.32 – FRENCH BEEKEEPER

Right there.

 

10.29.34 - KAMIL

How many hives do you have upstairs?

 

10.29.36 – FRENCH BEEKEEPER

I have three here. The rest is in Les Invalides and on the roof of The Musée d'Orsay.

 

10.29.42 - KAMIL

Any hives outside Paris?

 

10.29.44 – FRENCH BEEKEEPER

In the countryside, exactly.

 

10.29.53 - KAMIL

Nice. Not bad. Come on. I've got it.

 

10.30.06 - KAMIL

It's pretty up here.

 

10.30.09 – FRENCH BEEKEEPER

It is, indeed. A magic view. The view on Champ de Mars is really great. Really close to the Eiffel Tower.

 

10.30.17 - KAMIL

All right. I'm putting the hat on. I'm ready.

 

10.30.21 – FRENCH BEEKEEPER

I have little experience. It seems that it's easier for the bees in the city than in the countryside. To survive winter. Especially comparing to intensively cultivated farming areas where wild flowers are being wiped out by industrial farming.

 

10.30.37 – FRENCH BEEKEEPER

One hive gives 20 kilos of honey per year in the Champagne region. In Paris we get twice as much.

 

10.30.46 - KAMIL

How often do you replace your queens?

 

10.30.48 – FRENCH BEEKEEPER

I re-queen my colonies every year. In order to avoid swarms. It's a real problem. People are scared.

 

10.30.59 – FRENCH BEEKEEPER

Are we still looking for the queen? She's here!

 

10.31.01 - KAMIL

Ok, the queen is here.

 

10.31.04 – FRENCH BEEKEEPER

Buckfast. It's the Buckfast strain.

 

10.31.11 – FRENCH BEEKEEPER

It's always exciting to find the queen.

 

10.31.18 – FRENCH BEEKEEPER

It's risky and dangerous. It requires certain experience. We call them domestic but they are savage insects. They are wild.

 

10.31.34 - KAMIL

Yes, wild.

 

10.31.46 - KAMIL

I'm taking it out.

 

10.31.50 - KAMIL

The queen is inside. Be careful.

 

10.31.53 – SECURITY MAN

I can see the dot. A blue dot.

 

10.31.57 - KAMIL

It should even have a number. This is the queen.

 

10.32.00 - KAMIL

And I gave a second queen.

 

10.32.01 – SECURITY MAN

You brought another one?

 

10.32.04 - KAMIL

In thirty-seven hives one is aggressive. I will probably have to take it away if they don't accept this queen. If they don't accept the queen, I will have to take it away.

 

10.32.16 – SECURITY MAN

Maybe they don't like the climate?

 

10.32.17 – KAMIL

No, it's about the strand of the queen.

 

10.32.19 – SECURITY MAN

Can't it be?

 

10.32.20 – KAMIL

No, the previous queen was weak. The bees replaced it with a wild queen. In the meantime, when I didn't notice. And it's the effect. But without the queen most of them will die in two or three weeks.

 

10.32.38 – MARIA GEMBALA, Queen Bee Breeder

30 years ago Polish bees could deadly sting cows, horses, dogs and different farm animals. But now our bees are so mild that other European nations envy us.

 

10.32.52 – MARIA GEMBALA

These are drones. I will use them for insemination in a moment.

 

10.32.57 – MARIA GEMBALA

This insemination is modernity. Until recently we were still in tree hives. And all of a sudden we inseminate bees.

 

10.33.08 – MARIA GEMBALA

If we stimulate the drone's nervous system, it everts its reproductive organ and I can draw semen.

 

10.33.22 – MARIA GEMBALA

The worker bees decide which one of them becomes the queen. It's a larva that would normally become a worker bee. But the bees decide to feed one of them differently and so it develops into a queen. So a larva that would become a bee that normally lives around one month is fed differently and becomes a queen that can live up to five years.

 

10.33.52 – MARIA GEMBALA

And it's caused by the diet - the royal jelly. The royal jelly is a wonder of nature.

 

10.34.37 - KAMIL

A Gemma queen. The Gemma strand. From Mrs. Gębalowa.

 

10.34.45 – SECURITY MAN

There's a lot!

 

10.34.45 – KAMIL

They are going to fly around. They are nervous already. I'd be nervous myself if I were them, if I'd lost my queen.

 

10.34.55 – KAMIL

There's honey to extract.

 

10.34.57 – SECURITY MAN

They're getting into my hair!

 

10.34.57 – KAMIL

Hands close to your head and go.

 

10.35.02 - KAMIL

It is rare. For a swarm without a queen to go wild like this. With the mother in place I only needed the hat. They went crazy. But it could have been the queen - she trained them that way.

 

10.35.21 - KAMIL

I have to make a path for bees. So that they can eat the food out and finally get to the queen. If I let her out now they would just kill the queen.

 

10.35.38 - KAMIL

We can't save the bees with just cities. Farming has to change. There should be no huge monocultures of 100 hectares or more. Urban beekeeping can only be a percentage in saving the bees but it isn't crucial for the survival of the species.

 

10.36.27 – TEXTBOARD

Lamjung District, Nepal

 

10.36.31 – DR DENNIS Van ENGELSDORP

One bee is not a bee. A bee must live in a collective. It’s superorganism.

 

10.36.39 – DR DENNIS Van ENGELSDORP

And so as a superorganism it’s capable to control diseases by swarming often keeping its colony very small and only making enough honey for eat survive the winter.

 

10.36.54 – DR DENNIS Van ENGELSDORP

And so are honey hunter can go in and kill the colony and next year a new swarm will coming and they can do the circle over and over again.

 

10.37.06 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Jesus, how beautiful it is.

 

10.37.13 DR DENNIS Van ENGELSDORP

But using that system we cannot provide the honey that a world needs.

 

10.37.19 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Listen, this will only happen once. Are you ready? I'm not.

 

10.37.28 - VILLAGER

She seems shy?

 

10.37.31 - VILLAGER

The protagonist is shy because we are all looking at them.

 

10.37.37 – VOIE OFF CAMERA

Jyoti Primary School.

 

10.37.39 – VOICE OFF CAMERA

Welcome! Dear little brothers and sisters, on behalf of the group of mothers I want to greet you. We have gathered here to greet you. Let everyone greet you.

 

10.37.58 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

What does it mean? This.

 

10.38.00 – VILLAGER

It's tika. It's for a successful journey. We put it on because we wish you success in your work and tasks.

 

10.38.13 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

I don't know how to act.

 

10.38.20 - VILLAGER

This is our honey hunter. If you join him when he climbs for the honey he will be very pleased.

 

10.38.31 - VILLAGER

 We will appreciate it.

 

10.38.35 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

I’m strong women.

 

10.39.02 – VILLAGER

We have to build 2 bridges to get to the other side. And another bridge to get under the hive and make smoke. That's why we need 3 bridges...

 

10.39.24 - VILLAGER

Later we will make another bridge.

 

10.39.26 – ANOTHER VILLAGER

Have you been to the river?

 

10.39.27 – VILLAGER

Not yet.

 

10.39.30 – ANOTHER VILLAGER

She might want to learn this. I don't think she'd manage.

 

10.39.36 – ANOTHER VILLAGER

The goal is to make it smooth and so it bends easily.

 

10.39.39 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Make it softer, ok.

 

10.39.54 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Who is the honey hunter?

 

10.40.03 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Now you're a guru.

 

10.40.05 - VILLAGER

You're her guru now.

 

10.40.08 – 3RD VILLAGER

We use the special wood from Bhaugyaulo to make the rope ladder. We use it to climb up and down to get to the hive.

 

10.40.22 – 3RD VILLAGER

Put it here.

 

10.40.26 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

This is a hunter. The second hunter wears a yellow T-shirt. The rest are helpers. They stay down and make smoke.

 

10.40.38 – HONEY HUNTER

A total of 9 + 7 + 2. 16 plus the 2 of us. A total of 18.

 

10.40.44 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

It looks like the whole village is going. They are all preparing it. Several people are needed just to carry this ladder. Who climbs up? Is it you?

 

10.40.56 – HONEY HUNTER

A regular person wouldn't climb the cliff and cannot hunt for honey.

 

10.41.01 – 3RD VILLAGER

Tie it twice.

 

10.41.02 – 4TH VILLAGER

It's going to be strong.

 

10.41.05 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

I think they're anxious. Because a girl ties it for them. They don't trust it.

 

10.41.13 – 3RD VILLAGER

She's making a real effort.

 

10.41.43 – 5TH VILLAGER

Now that winter has come they're stuffing themselves with honey. They are looking for a warmer place with their bellies full. After some time, they will fly away. This swarm will go away if we don't harvest the honey.

 

10.42.05 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

I'll get killed here.

 

10.42.46 – HONEY HUNTER

My name is Ganga Bahadur Gurung. Ganga.

 

10.42.50 – HONEY HUNTER

Yes, I am a honey hunter. As for honey hunting - it's been our tradition for centuries. We have always been doing it. You can also earn money selling honey. That is why we do it.

 

10.43.08 HONEY HUNTER

Everyone does it. I mean many people from the village. Family members and relatives all go hunting. The whole village comes. But I am the main hunter. I take the honey from the hives.

 

10.43.20 – HONEY HUNTER

When I come to the cliff I prepare for taking the honey. When I'm ready only one thing troubles my mind. How to ensure safety for myself and for others, I pray.

 

44.21 – 6TH VILLAGER

They never hunt the honey before their prayers. They use the following words: "Please hurt neither me nor my companions. I am doing what my ancestors have been doing."

 

10.44.50 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

I have to zip it up.

 

10.45.05 – HONEY COLLECTOR

Don't force it. Be careful.

 

10.45.16 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

It's a machine. They mangle those bees. But what can you do? No mercy.

 

10.45.29 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

I have no gloves on.

 

10.45.35 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

It's so warm.

 

10.45.37 - VILLAGER

There are bees on her.

 

10.45.41 – HONEY COLLECTOR

Send it down. She might not hold it.

 

10.45.50 - VILLAGER

I've got it.

 

10.45.54 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Oh my God.

 

10.46.01 - VILLAGER

Look, she's holding on pretty well. And he's holding her, too.

 

10.46.08 - VILLAGER

There's a lot of honey here.

 

10.46.10 – ANOTHER VILLAGER

Try to get it all. Hey, careful! Hold it.

 

10.46.17 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Take it, it's heavy!

 

10.46.19 – VOICE OFF CAMERA

Careful.

 

10.46.22 – HONEY COLLECTOR

Tell them it's very sweet.

 

10.46.42 – 3RD VILLAGER

It's neither a hobby nor a game. We do it because it is part of the tradition of our ancestors. We want to keep it alive.

 

10.46.58 – TEXTBOARD

Poland

 

10.47.28 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Tell me what's happening inside.

 

10.47.30 – ADAM

As for honey...

 

10.47.31 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Yes?

 

10.47.32 – ADAM

There is a lot of honey. Lots of honey and maggots. It's a strong swarm. Look how many are sitting here.

 

10.47.40 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

I can see that. But this is a fresh log, right? You know why there are so many?

 

10.47.45 - ADAM

Why?

 

10.47.46 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Because I made it.

 

10.47.46 - ADAM

That's right.

 

10.47.49 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

We made it together. A woman's touch.

 

10.47.53 ADAM

A bee family needs 100 kilograms of honey to survive the year and around 90 kilograms of pollen. So all we can take is the excess of their production.

 

10.48.07 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

 And what does it mean to emerge?

 

10.48.09 - ADAM

When the chrysalis matures it has to bite through the cover that traps it. It is bigger with the queen.

Like an icicle hanging there. It can be even 3 centimetres long. And when the chrysalis matures it bites away the tip. Or it pushes it out and gets outside.

 

10.49.00 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

So what? Can I take a little?

 

10.49.02 - ADAM

Can you see that nice comb at the top?

 

10.49.06 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

Give me some smoke.

 

10.49.06 – ADAM

I'll drive them away.

 

10.49.11 - ADAM

Tear it from the top. It should come out easily.

 

10.49.14 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

All right.

 

10.49.17 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

I have to get out of this. Help. Or I'll go crazy.

 

10.49.26 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

I don't get it. No hat, barehanded, I get here...

 

10.49.29 - ADAM

It's about being calm.

 

10.49.31 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

And they do nothing.

 

10.49.33 – MAGDA POPŁAWSKA

 They don't attack me. Take me from here before I eat everything.

 

10.50.17 – DR Dennis van ENGELSDORP

I think that the bees telling us a lesson. There telling us we are think the canary mine that the warring us that something is wrong. And we must be sure to listen to they.

 

10.50.34 – DR Dennis van ENGELSDORP

I think that we have to understand what going on because I think is there something fundamentally changing and fundamentally wrong with our environment. And I think by addressing that, we wil no doubt address other broader environmental concerns. So by helping bees, I think we will be helping a much bigger and broader picture concerning the environment and modern agriculture and how people can live on earth in a sustainable way.

 

10.52.37 – END

© 2021 Journeyman Pictures
Journeyman Pictures Ltd. 4-6 High Street, Thames Ditton, Surrey, KT7 0RY, United Kingdom
Email: info@journeyman.tv

This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. For more info see our Cookies Policy