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COLONY (Irish Documentary, 2009, 1hr 25min)
Carter Gunn and Ross McDonnell’s documentary struck a chord with audiences across the globe, detailing a dire crisis facing the world’s beekeepers and its potentially catastrophic repercussions. Simply put, their bees are dying, and nobody can quite figure why: without the pollination they provide, agricultural life as we know it will disappear.
It’s a vivid thesis, presented through the eyes of the characters on the frontline, most notably the Seppis, a Christian beekeeping family. The dynamic between the two co-directors works beautifully: McDonnell, a renowned photographer, conjures any number of stunning images, while seasoned editor Gunn gives the narrative a cracking pace. Like all great documentaries, Colony makes an unlikely subject utterly compelling, all the while illuminating urgent environmental issues.