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For millennia, it provided us with honey, perfectly adapted to the flora and climate of central Europe: the European dark bee. But in the 1970s, it disappeared from many countries. How could it come to this? The film starts on an exciting journey, including some never-filmed-before sequences, showing what the life of a wild honey bee once looked like in our forests, before early beekeepers started molding the world’s smallest domesticated animal out of it.

“Bee wild!“ documents how wild bees have been able to survive in our forests for ages, without the help or interference of beekeepers. A life in close association with birds, bats, insects, trees, flowering plants and many other organisms. Filmmaker Jan Haft makes clear what we would be able to gain, if we would once again provide more space for wild bees in our forests today.