This weekend in Tucson, come experience the moving story of butterflies and people affected by the US-Mexico border at the screening of Ay Mariposa at the Loft Cinema. Co-presented this weekend by the Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter and The Loft Cinema, 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. The film is directed by Krista Schlyer and is 57 minutes long (not rated).
1pm—Visit Sky Island Alliance’s table to learn more about our Wildlife at the Wall campaign during the pre-screening community hour
2pm—Screening of Ay Mariposa (General Admission $10, Loft Members $8)
3pm—Panel 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