LAS CRUCES – On Thursday, July 18, a new documentary about the U.S./Mexico borderlands will screen at Southwest Environmental Center, 275 Downtown Mall, at 7 p.m.
The film, "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 U.S./Mexico border wall.
The film’s subjects include Marianna Trevino Wright, Director of the National Butterfly Center, Zulema Hernandez, a Mexican immigrant and life-long migrant farm worker, and the butterfly, a creature fighting 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.
“This film couldn’t be more relevant for New Mexico as we face the threat of additional border wall funding and the rise of private walls in our beautiful state,” Amanda Munro, communications director for the Southwest Environmental Center said. “It is especially relevant during Latino Conservation Week — a week that celebrates the role of Latinx communities in protecting the natural world. Border walls threaten both people and wildlife, and this film highlights the interconnected struggle for justice.”
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