Ay Mariposa

 saturday, october 26 AT 2:00PM | GENERAL ADMISSION: $10 • LOFT MEMBERS: $8

Co-presented by Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter and The Loft Cinema.

A portion of the proceeds from this screening will benefit Sierra Club Borderlands Program and Ay Mariposa film.

The film will be followed by a discussion with Director Krista Schlyer, film stars Zulema Hernandez and Juventina Herrera, and O’odham land and human rights defender Nellie Jo David, moderated by Lupe Sotelo of Latino Outdoors.    

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. (Dir. by Krista Schlyer, 2019, USA, 57 mins., Not Rated)