The Beekeeper's Son

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After drifting as a migrant worker in the city for a year, Maofu returns to his family bee farm in rural Northern China. Maofu brings along big ideas for marketing and honey sales. However, his father Lao Yu emphasizes a heart felt connection with the bees which comes from generations of traditional beekeeping.
Now in his declining years, Lao Yu witnesses the environmental degradation and pollution that has also depleted his bee colonies. He’s struggling with his own self-worth and values, and mixed emotions of whether his son should even stay in this traditional area of work and trade. In the end, he makes the ultimate sacrifice cutting down a family tree, to build the new bee boxes while securing a portion of it for his own coffin. The animals on the farm echo the emotional intensities of father and son, sometimes providing an unexpected comic relief.

Director Diedie Weng
Location China
Duration 28 min.
Genre Rural Issue / Family / Life
Air Date (JST) Monday, April 3, 2017
Monday, July 24, 2017 *rerun

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Diedie Weng

Diedie Weng


Diedie Weng grew up in Guangdong, Southern China and is currently living between Canada and Switzerland. She received her MFA in documentary production at the State University of New York at Buffalo. After a few short documentary projects, The Beekeeper's Son is her first feature documentary project. Filmography: 2016 The Beekeeper's Son , Directed and shot, 85 Min.; 2012 Ming Day and Night, Directed and shot, 45 Min.; 2007 Mosuo Song Journey, Director, 37 Min.


2016 The Beekeeper and his Son , Directed and shot, 85 Min.
2012 Ming Day and Night, Directed and shot, 45 Min
2007 Mosuo Song Journey, Director, 37 Min

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