Private Project

Outside the Box

In the late 1970s a little south Asian mite, the Varroa destructor, migrated to Europe and caused a massive epidemic in Western honeybee populations. Ever since, all honey produced in Europe is made by bees maintained via extensive medication routines – but this controllability approach to the problem is being increasingly understood by beekeepers and scientists as a dead end. In this heated and controversial context, human beings and honeybees from Germany to the southern Ural are struggling to live with or find sustainable solutions to the Varroa crisis. In three multi-sensory and three discursive chapters, this film features key figures in contemporary beekeeping and uses unique visual scenes to explore medical treatment, breeding, and the revival of tree beekeeping from the forests of Bashkiria. To immerse the viewer in these contradictory life worlds and their specific practices, Outside the Box draws methodologically on participant observation and multi-species-ethnography. From deep forests to garage laboratories, it becomes clear that the status of the honeybee as wild or domestic is in a process of renegotiation.

  • Felix Remter
  • Miriam Remter
  • Felix Remter
  • Miriam Remter
  • Felix Remter
  • Jörg Elsner
    Sound Design
  • Michael Hinreiner
    Sound Mixing
  • Fabian Spang
    Color Grading
  • Max Bauer
    Foley Artist
  • Normann Büttner
    Foley Sync Editing
  • Miriam Remter
  • Felix Remter
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Outside the Box
  • Film Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 29 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 29, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    65,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany, Russian Federation, Switzerland
  • Film Language:
    English, German, Russian
  • Shooting Format:
    digital HD
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Felix Remter, Miriam 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. Outside the Box marks his feature length documentary directorial debut.

Miriam Remter

is a cultural anthropologist and freelance filmmaker. Since 2008 she has worked as an author, director, sound recordist, and editor. She holds a PhD from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich where she currently teaches as head of the Visual Anthropology Masters program. She has completed several short documentary films (AugenBlicke, 2008; Bild-Diskurse, 2011) and, together with Felix Remter, is the co-founder of Primate Visions film and media production. Outside the Box is her first feature length documentary.

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