The queen, or mother, bee, drones and workers. Industriousness, togetherness, and selflessness in the name of a functional community that leaves no room for egocentrism. This poetic essay depicts the fascinating world of beehives, the layouts of which are an example to human society. Through observations of insects and conversations with beekeepers, as well as references from Radomil Hradil’s book Bees and Their World, we learn that the bee, objectively the most important creature on Earth, has become an endangered species due to the actions of mankind, whose greed and selfishness may lead to its destruction. It’s clear, however, that all will turn out well for Earth, with or without humanity…
Miroslav Janek (born 1954) has been making films since he was fifteen. He emigrated to Germany in 1979 and then lived in Minneapolis, USA, where he worked as an editor and cameraman. In the 1980s he worked on Godfrey Reggio's famous Qatsi trilogy. Since his return to the Czech Republic in 1995, he has made dozens of documentary films. Since 1998 he has been a teacher at the Department of Documentary Film at FAMU. In 2007, he completed the film Citizen Havel using material shot by the late director Pavel Koutecki. His wife Tonička Janková often collaborates with him as an editor of his films.