Private Project

beewildered companions

Log Line

A multi-species both sensory and discursive encounter with competing knowledge practices in the current honeybee health crisis.


‚beewildered companions’ is an immersive ethnographic study on the socio-material entanglements of humans and honeybees in times of globalised diseases. Triggered by the migration of a small bee parasite from Asia, the culture of beekeeping in Europe today is deeply shaken. The search for new and better practices is also a struggle of different imaginaries regarding the ontological status of the honeybee as domestic or wild. Can and should a serious disease be controlled by medication or breeding? Or is it better for humans to give up control, as in the long lost craft of tree beekeeping. Only in the deep forests of Bashkiria the tradition is still alive. The cultural appropriation of this knowledge in Central Europe could be an important pillar for a sustainable solution to the crisis. Three multisensory-observational and three plurivocal-discursive chapters juxtapose the diverging inner attitudes with the corresponding practices of animal care.

Film Context

Funded by the bavarian film funding, the documentary is part of a research project on the honeybee health crisis. The fieldwork for both the research and film took place between 2015 and 2019.

  • Felix Remter
  • Felix Remter
  • Miriam Remter
  • Felix Remter
  • Miriam Remter
  • Felix Remter
  • Miriam Remter
    Sound Recording
  • Jörg Elsner
    Sound Design
  • Michael Hinreiner
    Sound Mixing
  • Fabian Spang
    Color Grading
  • Max Bauer
    Foley Artist
  • Normann Büttner
    Foley Sync Editing
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Eine Frage der Haltung
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 27 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 27, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    65,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany, Russian Federation, Switzerland
  • Language:
    English, German, Russian
  • Shooting Format:
    digital HD
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • DOK.fest 2020
    May 7, 2020
    World Premiere
    Official Selection / nominated for the documentary film award / nominated for the production award
  • EASA Visual Anthropology film programme 2020
    July 21, 2020
    European Premiere
    Official Selection
  • NAFA Film Festival
    June 9, 2021
    Short Listed
Distribution Information
  • Mindjazz Pictures
    Country: Germany
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Felix Remter

Felix Remter

is a cameraman, director, and cultural anthropologist who focuses on ecological processes and science and technology studies. He began making films in 2006, has assisted Heinrich Breloer and Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein, and has been Director of Photography for two feature fiction films as well as some short fiction and documentary films. He has conducted ethnographic research in Kosovo, Southeast Asia, and Siberia. Besides his doctoral research at the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) he teaches Audiovisual Anthropology at universities and other institutions in Germany. Together with Miriam Remter he founded Primate Visions film and media production. 'beewildered companions' marks his feature length documentary directorial debut.

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