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Ay Mariposa (Work-in-Progress)

Three lives in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas are upended by plans to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall. As the director of the National Butterfly Center, Marianna Trevino Wright has become a leader of wall resistance, a position that has resulted in violent threats from pro-wall factions. Zulema Hernandez has been a dedicated advocate for all migrants, both animal and human. 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 U.S.-Mexico borderlands.

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