Star + announced today the end of production of “The Scream of the Butterflies”, the new series that will arrive exclusively at the service of streaming in Latin America, inspired by the life of Minerva Mirabal, the Dominican lawyer and activist murdered along with her sisters, by order of the dictator Rafael Trujillo on November 25, 1960. After the murder, the Mirabal sisters – known as “Las Mariposas” – became a symbol of the fight against gender violence around the world and, since 1999, every November 25 their tragic death is commemorated with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, urging governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations to convene activities aimed at making the problem visible and demanding policies for its eradication in all countries.
Performed by Pampa Films / Gloriamundi Producciones, the new series stars Sandy Hernandez (Minerva Mirabal), Susana Abaitua (Arantxa Garmendia) and Luis Alberto Garcia (Rafael Leónidas Trujillo), and will arrive exclusively on Star + in 2023.
“The cry of the butterflies” is a gripping historical drama inspired by true events, in which the color of the Caribbean intermingles with crime and politics, rigorously portraying the life of an island dominated by the tyrannical regime of dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, alias “el Chivo,” who ruled the Dominican Republic from 1930 until his assassination in 1961. With these historical events as a backdrop, the story focuses on the friendship between the young Spanish immigrant Arantxa Garmendia and Minerva Mirabal, a renowned Dominican political activist who, along with her sisters, received the nickname “Las Mariposas”, becoming a Latin American legend when he confronted Trujillo and contributed to the precipitous end of the fierce dictator. The series narrates the endearing, but ultimately tragic bond between the two young and brave women, whose encounters and disagreements for more than two decades were marked by the brutal events surrounding the Trujillo dictatorship.
Composed of 13 episodes of 45 minutes, created by Juan Pablo Buscaini and directed by Mariano Hueter and Leandro Ipiña, the new production recorded in different locations in Colombia and with a meticulous reconstruction of the period, addresses issues of great current relevance, such as gender violence, the vindication of women and female empowerment. Political corruption and abuse of power are also highlighted throughout the plot.
They complete the cast of “The cry of the butterflies” the actors and actresses Belén Rueda (Pilar Macías), Guillermo Toledo (Asier Garmendia), Mercedes sampietro (Arantxa Garmendia in 1999), Hector Noas (Petan), Maridalia hernandez (Mrs. Chea Mirabal), Jairo Camargo (Enrique Mirabal), Essined Aponte (Dede Mirabal), Alina Robert (Patria Mirabal) and Camila Issa (María Teresa Mirabal).
The series’ high level of production, as well as its outstanding talent in front of and behind the camera, not only reinforces The Walt Disney Company Latin America’s commitment to the production of local content, in alliance with production houses in the region, but also It is also a clear example of how the productions that emerged in Latin America will reach international markets through platforms of streaming, consolidating the export of the rich and vast Latin American creativity to other regions of the world.
Thanks to productions like “The cry of the butterflies”, the story of the Mirabal sisters continues to be valid and reaches more generations, contributing through the story to make visible, problematize and reflect on the issue in order to be able, once and for all, to eradicate violence against women.