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Colonies in Conflict

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In Indian cities, there is a new problem, honeybees! And home owners on high rise apartments find themselves sharing their homes with Rockbees. This doesn't end well for the wild honeybees, that are removed forcefully by any and all means. This feature-length documentary explores the habitats of migratory wild honeybees (Apis dorsata or rock bees), from Mani’s Bangalore neighbourhood to the forests and fields of India. 

We discover the different attitudes people have towards bees – from seeing them as troublesome pests to essential helpers for farmers who rely on them for unmanaged pollination. Shot over two years in different locations in India, this is the first film to capture rock bees up close. 

Though it reveals the shocking consequences of pollution, intensive agriculture, and pesticides on the rock bees, the film ends on a hopeful note, emphasising the conservation efforts that can help revive dwindling insect populations and preserve biodiversity. 

Southern Lights Award