WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BEES?
MEXICO | 2019 | COLOR | 67 MIN. | SPANISH, MAYA
In June 2012, Monsanto, a multinational agrochemical and biotechnology company for agriculture, was legally authorized to plant commercially transgenic soybeans in more than 253 thousand hectares distributed across 7 states in Mexico. After this decision, millions of bees died in the states of Campeche and Yucatán, affecting the activity of beekeeping: the raising of bees to take advantage of their products, such as honey. Unexpectedly, in 2014 a judge granted a protection to indigenous and Mayan farmers in Yucatan to suspend the planting of transgenic soybeans in the region by Monsanto. ¿Qué les pasó a las abejas? by Adriana Otero and Robin Canul, shows how in defense of their territory, the Mayan communities demanded from the government of Mexico, a country that occupies third place in the export of honey worldwide, the definitive ban of planting transgenic soybeans. It is a historical fact that documents the indigenous political organization and the preservation of the native peoples’ ways of doing things: the cultivation of honey among the Mayans is prehispanic and has been extended from generation to generation.
Review by: Carlos Rodríguez
Adriana Otero | Mexico
Robin Canul | Mexico
Adriana Otero graduated with a master’s degree in teaching production and visual arts at the Yucatan Superior School of Arts. She is the director of the film El Valor de la Tierra (2013), award winner for best short film documentary at the Kayché Film and Video Festival, Tejidos Visuales in Yucatán. Robin Canul Suárez is a plastic artist and professional photographer. He has ventured into photojournalism, collaborating in media such as El Diario de Yucatán, Por Esto!, Expreso, Reforma, La Jornada Maya, Sin Embargo, El Universal and Libération. ¿Qué les pasó a las abejas? is their first film made together.