Ajyal Film Festival 2024

All Films

Pien, Queen of the Bees (Pien de bijenkoningin)

Ajyal Competition

Ellen Vloet / Short Documentary / Netherlands / 2015 / 16 min / Colour / DCP2K
In Dutch / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Documentary, Children
Qatar Premiere


When the ongoing depletion of the world’s bee population through illness and pesticides, which threatens human life on Earth, came to young Pien’s attention, she decided she had to do something – so she became the youngest beekeeper in the Netherlands. At the same time, Pien is being treated for bone cancer, which at times keeps her from increasing her bee colony. This gentle documentary is a tribute to one young woman’s passion, bravery and selfless compassion.

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About the Directors

Ellen Vloet was born in the Netherlands in 1982 and completed film studies at the University of Amsterdam and at Hofstra University in New York. In 2012, she directed her first documentary ‘Florentijn Hofman: Larger Than Life’, about the sculptor. The film had its premiere in 2013 at the Dutch Film Festival and was broadcast in the Netherlands and Belgium. ‘Pien, Queen of the Bees’ is her third short documentary about youth, following ‘Little Miss Piggy’ (2013) and ‘Tough Cookies’ (2015).


Ellen Vloet
Renko Douze, Hasse van Nunen
Katarina Turler
Benny Sings
Roel van 't Hoff
Sales Company
Een van de jongens
Production Company
Een van de jongens

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