Past Event
Visual and Dramatic Arts
Wednesday, August 21
Ay Mariposa

About the Event

Will the border wall strike a fatal blow to one of richest natural and cultural regions in North America?

“Ay Mariposa” is a one-hour long documentary produced through a collaboration between three award-winning women filmmakers: Krista Schyler, Jenny Nichols, and Morgan Heim.

As U.S. border patrol attempts to seize the National Butterfly Center under eminent domain and Congress considers funding $5 billion more towards Trump’s wall, the Rio Grande Valley is at risk of being walled off and degrading one of the richest natural regions in the country.

This film follows the stories of 1) the Executive Director of the National Butterfly Center’s Marianna Trevino Wright, 2) former migrant worker and long time human rights activist Zulema Hernandez and 3) La Mariposa (The Butterfly), as they combat against the destruction of the Monarch butterfly’s remaining habitat.


This month’s panelists includes:

-Marianna Trevino Wright, Executive Director of the National Butterfly Center
-Deborah January-Bevers, President & CEO of Houston Wilderness

6:30 PM Reception, with complementary refreshments
7:00 PM Film screening
8:00 PM Panel Discussion
9:00 PM The conversation continues at Valhalla, Rice University’s Graduate Student Pub


Free to the public, though donations are kindly appreciated.

Directions to Rice Cinema, Rice Media Center:

Entrance #8 via University Blvd & Stockton Drive 

For specific directions from any location Google map ‘Rice Cinema’. 

For parking:

For campus maps:
Shuttle service:

Closest visitor parking lots:
Moody Visitor Lot
West Lot 2
Greenbriar Lot

Directions & Parking

Entrance #8 via University Blvd & Stockton Drive

Nearest visitor parking lots:
Moody Lot (previously known as Hess Lot)


Rice Media Center
Cinema Auditorium, room #100