free outdoor screening in Patagonia, AZ

The Guardians


This free screening will be held outdoors in Patagonia, AZ at the Patagonia Public Library, 342 Duquesne Avenue, Patagonia, AZ, 85624. Please bring your own seating. Please note: In the event of inclement weather, this outdoor screening will be moved to an indoor venue nearby.

Special thanks to our community partner for this screening, Patagonia Public Library.

“A fascinating story … the imagery is often breathtaking.” – V.N. Pryor, Cinapse

A visually dazzling meditation on the delicate balance between human and nature, The Guardians elegantly interweaves the lives of the iconic monarch butterfly with an indigenous community in Mexico. Both depend on the same ancient forest for their survival and now face an uncertain future. Migrating 3,000 miles to hibernate in the towering Oyamels, the monarch population faces collapse, hitting a record low of 33 million, down from 1 billion just twenty years ago. In the valley below, the people of Donaciano Ojeda must carve out a sustainable future in their ancestral lands now part of the protected Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. Once loggers of this forest, they’ve made a radical decision to stop and regrow it instead. Santos, a charismatic avocado farmer and Aristeo, a philosophical tree caretaker are the storytellers of the community as they face new threats of illegal logging, internal divisions, and their own mortality. Shot over three years, this intimate documentary takes viewers on a cinematic journey through the butterfly dense mountaintops of Michoacan as the community works to build a path forward. (Dir. by Ben Crosbie and Tessa Moran, 2018, USA/Mexico, 70 mins., Not Rated)

This screening is part of Loft Film Fest on the Road, made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts with support from Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment.