6 November 2005

In the Time of the Butterflies

I just watched In the Time of the Butterflies. The movie, starring Salma Hayek, portrays the General Rafael Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic. Salma plays Minerva Mirabal who attempts to take down the vicious ruler with the help of a small rebel faction.

Those who have read the book will tell you to skip the movie, but the movie, while somewhat predictable (except for perhaps the ending) is entertaining.

November 25th, the anniversary of the day of the murder of the Mirabal sisters, has been designated the annual date for the "International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women." Trujillo was assassinated in 1961. After watching the movie, I was surprised to learn that some of the more unbelievable events are in fact historic. The Mirabal Sisters did in fact attend a party, expressly invited by the dictator, and this did lead to an order being put out for their arrest.

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