What Happened to the Bees? (¿Qué les pasó a las abejas?, 2020) is a documentary that exposes the deadly effects of regularly used agrochemicals — currently legal in countries like Mexico and the United States — on millions of bees. The film explores how the planting of monocultures threatens the health and environment of Mayan beekeeping communities in southeastern Mexico and portrays their fight to protect their land from massive deforestation, groundwater table pollution and climate change. What Happened to the Bees? is a powerful example of the different socio-environmental conflicts taking place in indigenous Mexican territories that has been featured in festivals across Mexico, the United States and the Netherlands.
Join us for a Q&A with filmmakers Adriana Otero Puerto, Robin Canul Suárez, Marinés Roque from Ambulante Más Alla, and Amalia Córdova from Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage after the streaming. Moderated by Heather Haynes from Hot Docs Toronto.
This event is presented in collaboration with the Harbourfront Centre, Museo Universitario del Chopo, the Mexican Institute Studies at CUNY, and Cinema Tropical.