Resources for the film “Beekeeper”
ABOUT THE FILM
In his film, BEEKEEPER, Keith Griffith III explains the essential role of pollinators in the environment and in food production. He is on a mission to spread the word about the ecologically critical honeybee. Rising temperatures, habitat loss and pesticides have disrupted bees’ ecosystems worldwide, threatening their very existence. Keith explains what bees have taught him: cooperation, community and emotional well-being, lessons he shares in workshops and talks around his hometown, Louisville, Kentucky. Keith began keeping bees about four years ago, when both of his parents were incarcerated. Beekeeping helped him manage the stress of not having his parents at home.
When Keith Griffith III lost both of his parents to the criminal justice system, he found healing, direction and purpose from working with honeybees. It’s your turn to learn more about the importance of bees, and about how our criminal justice system affects families around the nation. Visit the sites below to learn more.
Beeing2gether is Keith’s nonprofit organization, featured in the film. He combines knowledge about bees with mental health and shares his own progress and joy.
Save Bees is a site that shares stories and science about bees.
The Pollinator Partnership
The Pollinator Partnership’s mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education and research.
Defenders of Wildlife
Defenders of Wildlife is a U.S.-based organization that protects and works to restore imperiled species and their habitats in North America.
National Institute of Justice
National Institute of Justice is a research agency within the U.S. Department of Justice. This article from their journal addresses how incarceration impacts children.
Keith found a way to turn his personal loss into motivation. Like a honeybee, Keith found purpose in working collaboratively toward a shared better world. You can get involved as well! Visit the sites below to take action.
The Bee Conservancy
The Bee Conservancy suggests 10 ways to get involved and save the bees.
Paso Pacifico works to restore and protect the Pacific Slope ecosystems of Mesoamerica—and that includes efforts to preserve native stingless bees in Central and North America.
Teen Line destigmatizes mental health struggles through their hotline, outreach programs, support, and resources for youth, their families and schools.
Children of Incarcerated Parents Tip Sheet
Children of Incarcerated Parents Tip Sheet was written by youths with incarcerated parents and offers great ways to support children who are affected by the criminal justice system.
Project Avary is a U.S. organization that supports children with incarcerated parents.