If you watch one film about Central American cultures or American Immigration this year, it should be Mariposas del Campo. It is a bold act of cultural preservation and shows the human cost of the continuing animosity towards those who simply seek a better life within the great mixing pot that is our nation.
—J. Zimmerman, Video Librarian (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
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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.
Recent Screenings & Awards:
Best Documentary Feature - Red Nation International Film Festival
Official Selection - Watsonville Film Festival
Official Selection - San Diego Latino Film Festival
Official Selection - Thin Line Fest
Museum of Ventura County
California State University Channel Islands
San Diego State University
Special Jury Award for Bridging Cultures - Arizona International Film Festival
Official Selection - Cine Las Americas International Film Festival
Oxnard Film Society
Encampment for Citizenship