In the Time of the Butterflies

in the time of the butterflies

Based on Julia Álvarez’s bestselling novel, this fact-based story follows the four Mirabal sisters during the dictatorship of Rafael Leónidas Trujillo (Edward James Olmos) in the Dominican Republic. Minerva (Salma Hayek), the most rebellious of the four sisters, begins to have doubts about Trujillo while in Catholic school; she later studies law in Santo Domingo, yet is prevented by Trujillo from exercising her profession. She meets a young professor, Virgilio (Marc Anthony), who introduces her to the opposition movement against Trujillo, which has its consequences. Edward James Olmos is scheduled to be present.

for more information:

In the Time of the Butterflies (the novel) 

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Assignment questions:

(en Español)

  1. ¿Cuál es la situación política de la República Dominicana en la película? ¿Cómo cambia el ambiente político durante la película?
  2. ¿Qué importancia tienen las hermanas Mirabal hoy en día? ¿Qué mensaje tiene la película para el público estadounidense?
  3. ¿Cuáles son las características claves de cada una de las hermanas? ¿Qué circunstancias o eventos las convirtieron en las personas adultas que vemos al final?

(in English)

  1. What is the political situation of the Dominican Republic in this film? How does the political atmosphere change during the film?
  2. What importance do the Mirabal sisters have today? What message does the film carry for an American audience?
  3. What are the key characteristics of the sisters? What circumstances or events turn them into the mature people we see at the end?
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