Saf is a driven, professional young economics student from Hackney about to embark on an ambitious career in financial services. However, when not studying, he loves nothing more than getting stuck into his work as a beekeeper in one of Hackney's many secluded green spaces with the Golden Company.
We follow him to Borough Market where Saf then becomes economically active, selling the honey products that he has helped to create. Saf sees insect communities differently to most, applying his understanding of economics and politics to the bee colonies that he tends, and drawing parallels between the complex social systems within the beehive and London as a whole.
This film is part of 1000 Londoners, a five-year digital project which aims to create a digital portrait of a city through 1000 of the people who identify themselves with it. The profile contains a 3 minute film that gives an insight into the life of the Londoner, as well as their personal photos of London and some answers to crucial questions about their views on London life. Over the course of the project we aim to reveal as many facets of the capital as possible, seeing city life from 1000 points of view.
1000 Londoners is produced by South London based film production company and social enterprise, Chocolate Films. The filmmakers from Chocolate Films will be both producing the films and providing opportunities to young people and community groups to make their own short documentaries, which will contribute to the 1000 films. Visit chocolatefilms.com
Well I'm just finishing off. I've only got about six months left. Yeah just under six months left to finish my accountancy and finance degree. And after that, I'll probably be going into banking. I'm still exploring my options. So we have our queen bee. Rest assured our colony will survive. Bees are important and they contribute about 2.8 billion pounds worth of pollination every year to the British economy. Always intriguing to see what they're doing. It's just really nice to watch them because they're such an organised colony. And they work, you know, the way just everybody's playing their part. We have a government, a ruler of law and how all things are organised and everybody plays their part. So you've got people who are in the medical sector and people, perhaps, doing sales or something like that. So they don't actually want to hurt mammals or any...it's just a defence mechanism. They are generally very, very easy going creatures. But it's just that when you are really in their sort of environment and damaging it, that's when they can be a little bit provocative. So just everybody plays their part, just like in a beehive.
Hello ladies, good afternoon.
Did you come to the store before?
We're bringing in the food and all the things that we're trading.
We've got testers so you can actually do a test. So have a smell of this.
That is like the worker bees, we are actually the worker bees. It's good to feel useful.