Ay Mariposa

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Rafael 1 Sat, May 4, 2019 2:15 PM
Film Info
Section:Art of Impact
The Great Outdoors
Running Time:70 min.
Premiere Status:World
Director:Krista Schlyer
Producer:Jenny Nichols
Krista Schlyer
Cinematographer:Morgan Heim
Jenny Nichols
Editor:Jenny Nichols
Morgan Heim
Print Source:Pongo Media Productions
Note Writer:Kelly Clement


Three conservationists with a bent for cogent images and film join forces in the eleventh hour to capture the natural wonder of the monarch butterfly in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas as it faces impending environmental challenges brought on by Trump's border wall. In the film, we meet Zulema Hernandez, a 77-year-old former migrant worker who has joined in the wall protests with her borderlands neighbors, and Marianna Trevino Wright, director of the National Butterfly Center, who is mounting a legal challenge to preserve the butterfly’s habitat that lies directly in the path of the wall. With a strong focus on the wildlife and the people of the US-Mexico borderlands whose lives will be affected, Ay Mariposa is a film that will educate as well as motivate.

IN PERSON: INTRODUCTION BY JULIA BUTTERFLY HILL with Director Krista Schlyer, Film Subjects Marianna Trevino Wright and Zulema Hernandez

Included Shorts

The Call of Pashmina (15min) More
The Love Bugs (34min) More

Additional Information

Krista Schlyer has spent much of the past decade chronicling the wildlife, landscapes, and human communities of the US-Mexico borderlands as the region has experienced an increasingly militarized US border policy. She is the author of Continental Divide: Wildlife, People and the Border Wall, a book that earned the National Outdoor Book Award and the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography. She has collaborated with Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife, BBC, Esri, Earthjustice, and many more to highlight the ecological, economic, and human rights impacts of border policy. The campaign has included several short films, dozens of magazine articles, slideshow presentations, exhibits, social media outreach, and a book.