The Story of the Bees

Soviet Union, 1947

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A fascinating story of life inside the wild bees’ hive, revealing details which only the camera can show of the organisation and care of the hive and the queen. “The Story of the bees” is a shortened version of a film entitled “Sunny tribe” which was designed to show that bees are guided by instinct, not by reason. “Sunny tribe” won an award at the Cannes International Film Festival in 1946.


production company

Moscow Technical Film Studios


Andrei Vinnitsky



Production places
Soviet Union
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Subject categories

Animals & Wildlife → Bees

Animals & Wildlife → Biology

Animals & Wildlife → Insects - Behavior

Animals & Wildlife → Nature study

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Natural history

Crafts & Visual Arts → Nature photography

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Instructional

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Biology

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Photography - Scientific applications

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Science

Short films

Short films → Short films - Soviet Union




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16mm film; Preservation Print (Section 5)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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