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Butterflies and Border Walls

A documentary film about two women and a rare community of butterflies standing on the front lines in a battle against the US-Mexico border wall.  

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Will the border wall strike a fatal blow to one of richest natural and cultural regions in North America?

Ay Mariposa tells a story of three characters in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas whose lives are upended by plans to build a US-Mexico border wall. As the director of the National Butterfly Center, Marianna Trevino Wright has become a leader of wall resistance in the Valley, a position that has resulted in violent threats from pro-wall factions and an emotional odyssey as she tries to navigate the ever-shifting sands of border policy. Zulema Hernandez, a life-long migrant worker, immigrant and great grandmother, has been a dedicated advocate for all migrants, both wild and human-kind. Meanwhile the butterfly, la mariposa, fights its own daily battle for survival in a landscape where more than 95 percent of its habitat is long gone and much of what remains lies directly in the path of the wall.

BACKGROUND Nearly 700 miles of wall and other border barriers were constructed under the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. The completion of the border wall under the Trump administration would seal the fate of some of the most endangered animals in North America, and fundamentally alter national parks, wilderness, wildlife refuges and the existence of every borderlands resident. 




East Coast Premiere - July 18, Washington DC

The East Coast premiere of Ay Mariposa is July 18, 2019, at the E Street Cinema in Washington DC. The event is presented by the DC Environmental Film Festival. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Krista Schlyer and documentary subjects Zulema Hernandez and Marianna Trevino Wright.


ACT Resources are Live!

The future of borderlands wildlife and human communities depends on support from people around the nation who are willing to speak out for this embattled region. We have put together a library of resources to help Ay Mariposa viewers take action for the borderlands.


community screenings coming soon!

In just a few weeks we will launch our community screenings kit so that people around the world can show Ay Mariposa in their communities and start discussions about the nature of borders and the universal urge to migrate. The kit will include everything you need to host the film and take action for the borderlands.





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