“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 – Salma Hayek, Mía Maestro, Pilar Padilla, and Lumi Cavazos – 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 Edward James Olmos and Marc Anthony.
Director Mariano Barroso 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. Salma Hayek 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||Mariano Barroso|
|Written by||Julia Álvarez
|Produced by||Helen Barlett
Helen Buck Bartlett
Edward James Olmos,
Pedro Armendáriz Jr,
|Cinematography||Xavier Pérez Grobet|
|Edited by||Pablo Blanco|
|Music by||Van Dyke Parks|
|Release date||October 21, 2001|
|Running time||95 minutes|