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 <email@example.com>
On December 17, 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated November 25th, the anniversary of the day of the murder of the Mirabal sisters, as the annual date for the "International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women" in commemoration of the sisters' sacrifice. See more »
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 »
Written by Brad Hatfield
Performed by Carlitos Delgado
Courtesy of Barbara Jordan/Heavy Hitters See more »
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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