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Butterflies & 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?

Nearly 700 miles of wall and other border barriers were constructed under the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and 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. 

Borderlands residents and wildlife advocates are not giving up.

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.