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In the Time of the Butterflies (2001, Dominican Republic)

Tells the real-life story of the Mirabal sisters, courageous revolutionaries known covertly as las Mariposas (“the Butterflies”). The sisters’ years of dissent during the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic led to their eventual murder in 1960, a brutal crime that signaled the beginning of the end for Trujillo. Edward James Olmos, as Trujillo, does a remarkable job of conveying the unique mixture of political intuition and ruthlessness needed to maintain a dictatorship for 30 years, while Hayek delivers a spirited lead performance.


Mariano Barroso


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9–12, College


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