The Beekeeper and his son


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A Documentary by Diedie Weng, 85 Minutes


Desillusioned from his experiences as a migration worker, Maofu returns from the city to the village in northern China, where his family lives. His father, an ageing beekeeper, hopes that his son will learn the handcraft of beekeeping from him. As they collaborate two different life plans run into each other, which leads to tensions and wearing, mostly speechless argued out conflicts. Even the animals on the farm react on this atmosphere and comment the behaviour of the human protagonists in a partly bizarre and funny way.

The Beekeeper and his Son reveals the inner view of a family in the country in todays China, where millions of other families experience breaks between the generations and try to overcome the deep gap between tradition and modernity.

Cast and Crew

Director: Diedie Weng    
Screenplay: Diedie Weng, Vadim Jendreyko  
Production: Mira Film, Lowik Média (Kanada), Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen    
Producer: Susanne Guggenberger, Vadim Jendreyko   
Camera: Diedie Weng, Luc Schaedler 
Editor: Vadim Jendreyko, Annette Brütsch, Mahi Rahogozar, Diedie Weng    
Location Sound: Diedie Weng, Vadim Jendreyko  
Sound Design and mix: Daniel Almada / TSL Studio, Pascal Dominique
Editorial department SRF: Urs Augstburger


Documentary von Diedie Weng
Coproduktion between Mira Film and Lowik Média Montreal and Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen SRG SSR

Financially supported by: Zürcher Filmstiftung, Fachausschuss Audiovision und Multimedia der Kantone BS/BL, Bundesamt für Kultur, MEDIA Desk Suisse, Succès Passages Antennes, Robert Bosch Stiftung, éducation 21 – Filme für eine Welt, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, Ontario Arts Council

DCP, 85 Minuten, Colour, 16:9
Origina lversion Chinese, Subtitles German/English/French
© 2016 Mira Film / Lowik Média Montreal / Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen SRG SSR
ISAN 0000-0004-22CC-0000-5-0000-0000-M

Distribution Switzerland: Vinca Film

Distribution Canada: Kinosmith


Press enquiries:

Press Reviews
Zwei Generationen Kulturtipp 6. Juli 2017
L'authenticité des moments intimes Cinemaniak 12. Juni 2017
la question fondamentale Le Devoir 10. Juni 2017
réconcilier tradition et modernité L'Initivative 25. Mai 2017
immersive style of filmmaking The Playlist 18. November 2016   
raw emotions DOC NYC 17. November 2016
sense of time and place Unseen Films 10. November 2016


DVD will be released in 2017

Festivals / Awards
Visions du Réel Nyon 2016
Solothurner Filmtage 2017
DOC NYC Festival 2016