Monday, May 9, 2011

The Mirabal Sisters of The Dominican Republic

A long time ago I learned about the Mirabel sisters through the movie En El Tiempo de Las Mariposas (In The Time of The Butterflies) in Spanish class. That was back in Middle School, and now in college I can understand and speak Spanish so the movie isn’t hard for me to understand. I do know that the movie also comes in English because sometimes I had to refer to the text on the screen since my comprehension of Spanish wasn’t the best back then. There is also a book that goes with this movie by Julia Alvarez. It is a true story about the four Mirabal sisters during the dictatorship of President Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republic (who I wrote about in my post Inside Politics: Terrorists' And Dictator's Connection To The Army briefly). The political government of Trujillo was very corrupted and they killed a lot of innocent people. The sisters made it a goal, along with friends, to overthrow Trujillo’s Regime. Through the process they were harassed, persecuted, imprisoned and eventually killed (with the exception of one sister that survived) VERY graphically as it shows in the movie. Sad, sad movie. But their message was strong and they’re now iconic figures in the DR. Salma Hayek and Marc Anthony both star in the movie. For those of you who are interested in social justice, and you use both text and motion picture to correlate and help your understanding of a topic then this would be an awesome pick to watch. 

Dedé Mirabal, the only surviving sister that wasn't assassinated.

Maria Teresa Mirabal

The house all sisters grew up in with their wealthy family. Dedé Mirabal still resides there. 

Patria, Minerva, and Maria



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