The CBKA has been contacted by a film maker running a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for making a documentary on beekeeping in Malta:
“My name is Mitoshka Alkova and I am a currently making a documentary ‘Honey Streets’ with the Arts University Bournemouth focusing on Malta and its endemic bee sub-species. The documentary is exploring the threat of species loss on the island of Malta due to the rise of urbanisation and its effect on their small beekeeping community.
You may be wondering why we are making this film in Malta and contacting you, but this is because we want to focus on a beekeeping community in a place where it is less preserved, such as Malta. Also, islands are small ecosystems where the effects of change are seen far more quickly, what is happening there right now is going to happen everywhere in the future. Malta is amongst the largest air polluters in Europe, and the rise of urbanisation and tourism in recent years has left the island stripped of agricultural land, a vital habitat for the local sub-species of Maltese bee. We intend to go to Malta and document the rapid species loss on the island, what the contributing factors leading to this are, and why there seems to be a lack of preservation action amongst the Maltese community. With the loss of land also comes the loss of Maltese identity and their connection to nature, which is why we are focusing on the local people who are trying to make a change.
We have launched a crowdfunder campaign to raise the funds necessary to fly out to Malta and make this documentary. We see that your work in Bee conservation is also related to our topic and we hope that you can support us with a small donation in helping create this film and make future projects possible. Even a donation of £5 will go a long way, and with your help we should be able to reach our target goal and do our bit in helping the bees.
We have a list of rewards that you can receive in thanks for your donations, these include locally sourced products from Malta, zero waste and bee related products, and promotional material from the film.
I have linked our social media below if you are interested to see what we are getting up to.”
Crowdfunding campaign: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/honey-streets-film#start