The East Aurora Cooperative Market teamed up with the Aurora Waldorf School Friday night for a screening of ‘Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?’

Mary Aiken, co-op board president, said she thought the movie was “beautiful.”

It really underscores what we’re doing,” Aiken said.

The documentary addressed causes of Colony Collapse Disorder, a phenomenon occurring all over the world in which colonies of bees leave or die, suddenly and without apparent cause.

The increasing use of pesticides, “monoculture,” and the lack of wild spaces are taking a toll on the bee population, according to the movie.

The event was a chance for the co-op and local beekeepers to come out and interact with members of the local community.

Local artist Kennifer Kraslisz uses beeswax in her ‘encaustic photography,’ which is an ancient form of preservation.

Sheila Conboy, co-op project manager, urged everyone to see the movie.

“Our lives are dependent on it,” she said.

According to the movie, bees pollinate 40% of the produce we consume.