On Sunday night I attended a screening and panel discussion of “The Secret Life of Bees”. The guest panelists were Actress Dakota Fanning, Director Gina Prince-Bythewood, and Professor Dr. Barbara Rico.
“The Secret Life of Bees” is a story of love, loss and the search to find acceptance. The film takes place in 1964 and introduces us to 14 year-old Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning). Lily is haunted by the memory of her mother. In an effort to learn about her mother past and to get away from her abusive father, Lily and her nanny Rosaleen (Jennifer Hudson), escape to a small town that just may hold the secret to her mother’s past. There they meet the Boatwright sisters, and as Lily learns about the family’s trade of bee keeping, she works up the courage to ask about their connection to her mother.
This was my first time watching the film, and I was mesmerized. The performances of the predominately women cast were amazing. After the film, the panelists participated in a Question and Answer session moderated by Kim Dorr, Owner of Defining Artists Talent Agency. It was so interesting to hear about the film and the work that went into taking it from book to screen. Dakota Fanning was very well spoken as she talked about creating the character of Lily.
Overall, it was an excellent evening and I highly recommend the film.