Mariposas del Campo
A film by Bill Yahraus, Robin Rosenthal
June 10 at 6pm, ESB-MACC
Free & open to the public
Filmmaker Q&A to follow the screening
United States, 2021
Documentary, Indigenous, Immigration, Dreamers, Education
86 min, Color
English, Spanish, Mixtec, Zapotec; English subtitles
Mariposas del Campo shares the stories of indigenous Mixtec, Zapotec, and Purépecha teenagers from Mexico striving to change their families’ destinies in the strawberry fields of Oxnard, California. Through a stormy year of sanctioned racism and anti-immigrant policies, the documentary captures their journeys—with help from the characters’ own intimate videos—as they navigate cultural identity, parental expectations, economic challenges, and the justice needs of their migrant farmworker community. For young people whose lives have always been steeped in uncertainty, it takes a leap of faith to chase a dream.
Bill Yahraus and Robin Rosenthal are the husband-and-wife team at Pony Highway Productions. They’ve been collaborating on intimate films with self-contained communities since they ran away with the Tarzan Zerbini Circus in 1996. Their award-winning documentaries—made with the members of a traveling tent circus, a Hall of Fame racehorse trainer’s barn, and a team of Mexican American female equestrians—have aired nationally on PBS and toured internationally.
Producer: Robin Rosenthal, Adriana Campos-Ojeda, Dr. Elizabeth Villa Rosalez
Production Companies: Pony Highway Productions
Cinematographer: Bill Yahraus
Associate Camera: Anayeli, Joseph Becerra, Flavio Carranza, Ini, Maria Rosa Lopez, Esmeralda Mendoza, Maria Monjaraz, Patty, Robin Rosenthal, Clarisa Vasquez
Editor: Bill Yahraus
Sound Recording: Robin Rosenthal
Music Supervisor: Margaret Guerra Rogers
Print Source: Robin Rosenthal, firstname.lastname@example.org
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