The public is invited to participate in the first community screening of Ay Mariposa, a new film that portrays life on the border and the struggle of three borderlands residents in the lengthening shadow of the border wall. Join film director, Krista Schlyer, on Earth Day, this Monday, April 22, 2019, at 6:30 PM at Cine el Rey in McAllen for the free, first screening.

Ay Mariposa, tells a story of three subjects in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas whose lives are upended by plans to build a US-Mexico border wall. The film’s subjects include: Zulema Hernandez, a Mexican immigrant and life-long migrant farmworker, Marianna Trevino Wright, Director of the National Butterfly Center, 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.

Ay Mariposa is a collaboration between three acclaimed storytellers, Jenny Nichols, Morgan Heim, and Krista Schlyer, who have followed the events unfolding in South Texas since President Donald Trump was elected and vowed to complete the border barrier that has been under intermittent construction since the 1990s. Schlyer, the film’s director and author of the 2012 book Continental Divide: Wildlife, People and the Border Wall, has documented the rise of walls on the United States’ border for the past decade.

“Nearly 700 miles of border barriers have been constructed since the 1990s,” Schlyer says. “The completion of the border wall under the Trump administration would seal the fate of some of the most endangered animals in North America, and fundamentally alter the existence of every borderlands resident. Ay Mariposa aims to spark a discussion about the deep emotions that have led us to this moment, and the unacceptable consequences of a border wall.”

Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. The venue is sponsored by The Historic Cine El Rey Theatre Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to “preserving the past for the future.” Popcorn will be available at no charge and the bar will be open for beverage purchases. Please arrive early for the best seating and downtown parking, which is free starting at 6 p.m.

The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Schlyer, Hernandez and Wright. To learn more, visit AyMariposaFilm.com.