Of identity and bees

20,000 Species of Bees is a hymn to diverse ways of being and inhabiting the world, as bees are the guarantors of natural biodiversity. I was particularly struck by the image of the family hive, where each individual has a specific function within the group, but the hive or family is nonetheless much more than the sum of its individuals. Trans identities are another expression of human diversity, and in the context of the film, it is the question of trans childhood that triggers the change in the family. My interest lay in adopting a broad approach to the question of identity, and above all how relationships within the family context affect us on that mysterious journey of putting a name to who we are. Is our own identity just a private and personal experience, or is it affected by the external gaze?

Bees and hives have also played an important social and spiritual role in traditional Basque life, a culture that I also wanted to reflect. A culture divided by a border which splits the territory in two, and in turn brings together different languages as a mark of that diverse identity. The border not only represents a geographical separation, but also a barrier or threshold which speaks of the difficulties we have in overcoming certain beliefs about ourselves and the people who stand before us.

Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren
Director of 20,000 Species of Bees

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Filma:20,000 Species of Bees