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Colonies in Conflict The State of Wild Bees in a Rapidly Changing Urban Ecosystem


May 22 2022 to May 22 2022 5 p.m.



Bangalore International Centre

7 4th Main Rd, Stage 2, Domlur 560071

Event Description

English | 74 minutes | Subtitles in English

Concerned about pollinator decline, a filmmaker follows, for the first time ever, migratory giant Asian honeybees to uncover how human progress is driving native bee species to the point of no return.

Colonies in Conflict is a feature length documentary that examines the state of wild bees in a fast-developing Indian landscape. Human action is causing pollinator declines all over the world spelling disaster to nutritional security and biodiversity of our ecosystems. Filmmaker Rajani Mani gives a first-person account of how expanding cities are wiping out native bee populations, starting from her own neighbourhood.

In trying to save bee colonies in her community from being decimated, Rajani inadvertently stumbles into the world of wild bees. In a first ever, migratory honeybee species Apis dorsata (Rockbees) – native to south Asia – have been filmed extensively over various landscapes to find out how big a negative impact people have had on insect populations. She discovers that we have very less time to reverse the catastrophe we started, but every species stopped from extinction would help hedge our bets in an uncertain future.

The film has been supported by a grant by Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies. It has been filmed over two years in Bangalore and other locations like – Coorg, Valsad and Kolkata.

Following the screening there will be a discussion between the film’s Director, Rajani Mani and Dr. Axel Brockmann of NCBS, who is also the Scientific Advisor of the film.

Recognition for Colonies in Conflict:
– Official Selection Nature Without Borders International Film Festival 2022 – to be held in July
– Official Selection Wildlife Conservation Film festival 2022 – to be held in October


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