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PYGMIES TAME WILD AFRICAN BEES

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PYGMIES TAME WILD AFRICAN BEES is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 8-18
11 minutes
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KEN KOBRE
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PYGMIES TAME WILD AFRICAN BEES is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Pygmies Tame Wild African Bees tells about a small village that burns bees to harvest their honey. One day a company arrives at the village to teach the villagers how to harvest honey without hurting bees. They learn that you can just put them in a box, spray them with smoke to calm them down, and take out the honey without hurting the bees.

This short film is very appealing because the topic is unique. I have never seen one about harvesting or catching bees. It is very cool to watch the bees and learn how they make honey. I like that it stays on topic and doesn't wander. There are cool camera angles where we see the queen bee and worker bees making the honey. I like the village scenes because it seems very authentic. It has high speed, classical music at the beginning, which enhances the action. The narration is very professional; it reminds me of something I would watch on National Geographic or Discovery Channel. I also like that the spoken word of the villagers is repeated in English by the narrator.

The film emphasizes how important and essential bees are to the planet, and how it documents the villagers learning how to harvest the honey without burning the hives.

I give this short film 5 out of 5 star and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. I think it makes an excellent KIDS FIRST! Film Festival title, especially for those that have a focus on the environment and conservation. Reviewed by Ethan P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

Pygmies Tame Wild African Bees tells about a small village that burns bees to harvest their honey. One day a company arrives at the village to teach the villagers how to harvest honey without hurting bees. They learn that you can just put them in a box, spray them with smoke to calm them down, and take out the honey without hurting the bees.

This short film is very appealing because the topic is unique. I have never seen one about harvesting or catching bees. It is very cool to watch the bees and learn how they make honey. I like that it stays on topic and doesn't wander. There are cool camera angles where we see the queen bee and worker bees making the honey. I like the village scenes because it seems very authentic. It has high speed, classical music at the beginning, which enhances the action. The narration is very professional; it reminds me of something I would watch on National Geographic or Discovery Channel. I also like that the spoken word of the villagers is repeated in English by the narrator.

The film emphasizes how important and essential bees are to the planet, and how it documents the villagers learning how to harvest the honey without burning the hives.

I give this short film 5 out of 5 star and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. I think it makes an excellent KIDS FIRST! Film Festival title, especially for those that have a focus on the environment and conservation. Reviewed by Ethan P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

Honeybees don't like to be disturbed. When someone approaches a hive...European honeybees... send out around 20 guard bees. By comparison... African bees send out HUNDREDS of guard bees... and these bees are known to chase their victims for a quarter of a mile. This angry response explains why stings from African bees have killed more than a thousand people in recent years. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the past, Pygmies found a bee colony and burn it killing all the bees. They used this method to get the honey while protecting themselves against the ferocious bees. Recently a group of Pygmies along with members of the Bantu tribe have learned to capture a wild queen bee and raise her in a specially built box. Now the pygmies no longer have to burn out the hive to harvest the honey.
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