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.
A post-screening discussion will follow feat. Krista Schlyer (Director), and film subjects Marianna Wright (Director, National Butterfly Center), Zulema Hernandez (Migration Advocate), and Juventina Herrera (Migration Advocate). Moderated by Brady Pinero Walkinshaw (CEO of Grist).
We will also be joined by special guest, Congressman Raul Grijalva, Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee.