The Call of Pashmina

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Ay Mariposa
Rafael 1 Sat, May 4, 2019 2:15 PM
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.
Film Info
Running Time:15 min.
Premiere Status:California
Director:Taira Malaney
Producer:Jnana Foundation
Screenwriter:Taira Malaney
Cinematographer:Krish Makhija
Editor:Taira Malaney and Dheer Kaku
Cast:Babar Afzal


When climate change threatens the pashmina industry in a sweeping and remote region in Ladakh, a Kashmiri man quits his job in Silicon Valley to become a shepherd in the high Himalayas.

Additional Information

Taira Malaney is a director and editor based in Goa, India. She received her BA in Psychology in 2013 at the Occidental College in Los Angeles, after which she moved to Andaman and Nicobar Islands to teach a marine conservation course. She hosted regular film screenings to teach students about the marine world. Their positive response to this teaching method gave Taira insight into the power of film. After completing a documentary film course at the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking in 2016, Taira founded Emaho Films.