Ay Mariposa

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The residents of the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas have had their lives upended by plans to build a US-Mexico border wall. As the director of the National Butterfly Center, Marianna Wright has become a leader of wall resistance in the Valley, a position that has resulted in violent threats. Zulema Hernandez, a life-long migrant worker, has been am 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 in the path of the wall. Ay Mariposa documents each character's fierce commitment to home, justice, and the future of the US-Mexico borderlands.

  • Director: Krista Schlyer

  • Producers: Jenny Nichols, Krista Schlyer

  • Duration: 57min 7sec

  • Category: 2020 Selection