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In the Time of the Butterflies (2001)

In the Time of the Butterflies is inspired by the true story of the three Mirabal sisters who, in 1960, were murdered for their part in an underground plot to overthrow the government.

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Minerva 13 Years Old (as Mariana Sanchez)
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Patria 15 Years Old (as Geraldine Bazan)
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On November 25, 1960, the bodies of three sisters were found near the bottom of a cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The official daily 'El Caribe' reports that it had been an accident, but it does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it mention the sisters' fierce opposition to the General Trujillo's dictatorship. This is their story: how Minerva started the tragedy by refusing Trujillo; how Patria became an opponent from the church itself; how Maria Teresa joined the revolution through the love. And how they lost their wings, but not their courage. They were Las Mariposas - "The Butterflies". Written by Diana Heche <dianaheche@hotmail.com>

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Women had their place. Hers was in the revolution.


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Rated PG-13 for some intense scenes of violence | See all certifications »

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Filming ended on the 40th anniversary of the Mirabal sisters' assassination. See more »

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When Leo enters the chicken coop to talk to Minerva he leaves the door slightly ajar. When he makes to leave the coop, the door is wide open. See more »

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Referenced in Vecinos: La pareja de ventas (2005) See more »

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Que Merengue
Written by George Hernandez
Performed by Orquestra Tropicana
Courtesy Tropicana Records/Hall of Fame Music
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Powerful
27 December 2002 | by (Bracebridge Ont) – See all my reviews

With so much horror loose in this century, we forget some of the recent horrors of the last. Few people who vacation in the Dominican Republic today are aware of the brutal regime which flourished there --- like a poisonous tropical flower --- until recent times. This is a splendid depiction of it and of the struggle to overthrow it. Surprisingly there is no reference to the United States' shameful support of Trujillo or to the Castro revolution in nearby Cuba. I also wonder why it was filmed in Mexico rather than the Dominican Republic itself. But no matter. It is a gripping and thoughtful piece of cinema.


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