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 ...
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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. Ay Mariposa documents each characters' fierce commitment to home, justice, wild beauty and the future of the US-Mexico borderlands.
This movie will change the way you think about the border
Ay Mariposa is a hard-hitting expose of the totally bogus approach the U.S. government has taken to its border with Mexico. If you thought the wall was a good idea, you won't anymore after watching this film. You hear straight from the mouths of the women harmed most by walls built willy-nilly across beautiful landscapes and through impoverished communities. You also come to understand the life of the butterfly, how natural its migration is, and how it's just as natural for people to migrate. Our border policies are shown to be a political farce that picks on the little guy for the benefit of huge companies and greedy politicians. Ay Mariposa shows all this without being preachy or overbearing. Instead, it is utterly stunning nature photography with up-close-and-personal interviews with people who are fighting tooth-and-nail to keep it out of their backyards and off their favorite nature preserves.
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