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“In the Time of the Butterflies” is a movie based on the real-life story of the Mirabal sisters, who were political activists and revolutionaries in the Dominican Republic in the 1950s and 60s. The movie tells the story of the four sisters – Patria, Minerva, María Teresa, and Dedé – who became involved in the underground resistance against the dictator Rafael Trujillo, known as the “Butterfly,” who ruled the country with an iron fist.

As the sisters become more involved in the resistance movement, they must navigate dangerous political terrain, risking their lives to fight for freedom and justice. Along the way, they experience love, loss, and betrayal, and are ultimately forced to make difficult choices in order to survive and continue their fight.


“In the Time of the Butterflies” is a powerful and moving film that captures the spirit of the Mirabal sisters and their struggle against tyranny. The film's strong performances, stunning visuals, and compelling storytelling make it a must-see for anyone interested in political history and human rights.

The four lead actresses – , , , and – all deliver powerful performances that bring the characters to life and make the audience care deeply about their struggles. The film also features strong supporting performances from actors like and .

Director does an excellent job of balancing the political and personal aspects of the story, creating a film that is both thought-provoking and emotionally resonant. The film's cinematography is also stunning, capturing the beauty of the Dominican Republic and the horror of Trujillo's regime.

Overall, “In the Time of the Butterflies” is a moving and powerful film that tells an important story of courage and resistance in the face of oppression.


The film received several award nominations, including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Television Movie or Miniseries. received an Emmy nomination for her performance as Minerva Mirabal. The film also won several awards, including:

  • ALMA Award for Outstanding Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series
  • Humanitas Prize for 90 Minute Category
  • Imagen Award for Best Primetime Television Program – Drama
  • Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting
Directed by
Written by Julia Álvarez
Judy Klass
David Klass
Produced by Helen Barlett
Helen Buck Bartlett
Tony Bill
Ellen Gordon
Starring ,
Cinematography Xavier Pérez Grobet
Edited by Pablo Blanco
Music by Van Dyke Parks
Showtime Networks
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date October 21, 2001
Running time 95 minutes
Countries United States
Languages English

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