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beewildered companions

‚beewildered companions’ gives an intimate view of science, humans and honeybees in times of crisis. The broader public, and the film festival universe, has meanwhile gotten some insights in the recent struggles of honeybees and their keepers. But not many people have had the experience of climbing a tree with a Russian tree-beekeeper, of immersing oneself in the soundscapes of medical care and breeding practices like the artificial insemination of a honeybee queen. Slowly and gradually the film unfolds the spectrum of these strange parallel worlds – dystopian and utopian, poetic and cruel, desperate and hopeful. Like one of its protagonists it poses the overall question: ‚What is natural anyways?’ Its rhythm gives the viewer time to experience, unravel, and involve themselves, in the immersive sounds, images and ongoing debates in the fight for honeybee survival. But scientists worry that this approach of fighting and control is a dead end, and they wonder how the revival of tree beekeeping from the forests of Bashkiria may point to a solution.

  • Felix Remter
  • Miriam 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:
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. 'beewildered companions' 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. 'beewildered companions' is her first feature length documentary.

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