How to Bee

How to Bee

Naomi Mark
Canada
2019
82 minutes

Don Mark lived life in harmony with nature. Opting out of the heated political climate of 1960s America, he chose to be an adventurer who explored the Arctic, ran sled dogs, and lived off the land. Don eventually settled north of Whitehorse, where he became a caring father and keeper of innumerable honey bees. Through lively springs, bright Yukon summers, and frigid winters, he saw his hives and his children thrive year after year. Even a diagnosis of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), a critical lung disorder, could not stop the peaceful life cycle.

Documentarian Naomi Mark returns home from Vancouver to learn the craft of beekeeping from her father, bringing along her keen filmmaking instincts. Intimate photography conveys the ups and downs of becoming a professional beekeeper, along with the preciousness of every moment spent between members of a one-of-a-kind family. Seasons change along with Don’s health, and the relationship between father, daughter, and bees grows all the more important. Through every sting, laugh, and cry, we are drawn into this profound relationship, and feel the bittersweet beauty that even the most technical beekeeping discussions carry with them. A heartfelt passing of the torch between two generations of explorers, How to Bee captures the essence of the love of family and the natural world. -CP