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February 12, 2020 “The Pollinators”

Every year semi-trailers crisscross the continent in the dead of night carrying an unsuspected and unusual cargo: Honeybees. Tens of billions of them are transported back and forth in a unique annual migration that’s indispensable to the feeding of North America and beyond.

One out of every three bites we eat and the growth of almost all our fruits, nuts and vegetables would be impossible without pollination from bees.

“Beekeeper and cinematographer Peter Nelson captures this hidden world with an insider’s knowledge and a keen eye for compositions. From stunning landscapes and night photography to intimate close-ups of the bees themselves, the enlightening information found here is told through a seasoned storyteller’s lens” – Vancouver International Film Festival

This 2019 award-winning documentary features beekeepers, farmers, environmentalists and even world reknown chefs.

Post screening discussion and Q & A with local beekeepers extraordinaire, Bob Liptrot and Dana LeComte, owners of Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery and representatives from Transition Sooke’s Pesticide Education Group.

Bob Liptrot has a Master’s Degree in Entomology, specifically in the parasitology of bees. He is a Master Beekeeper, teaches beekeeping at Royal Roads University and is part of the Capital Regional Beekeepers Association. He has kept bees since the age of 6.

Doors open at 6:30 for honey-tasting and bee and pesticide information in the theatre foyer; film and panel discussion from 7-9:00 p.m.

Admission by donation. Contributions that remain after expenses will be donated to the David Suzuki Pollinator Protection Campaign.

A working disc of “The Pollinators” will be in the AFN Library for those who attended this screening where the disc did not play properly. It will be available until the end of May, 2020. See “Library” #5356 for more details.

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