Festival Visions: Monarcas


Festival Visions: Monarcas

Please note…

This online screening has reached its registration capacity*.
* Except Arts Circle and Film Lover Members – see ‘Registration Information’ below

Film Independent Presents: Festival Visions is a new three-part series that shines a light on films discovered this year in regional film festivals across the US. We’re excited to present these exceptional titles that are currently without distribution and deserve to be seen by a wider audience.

You’re invited to join us for an online screening of Monarcas, followed by a pre-recorded conversation with director Diana Larrea, moderated by Lauren Cohen (Programmer, Miami Film Festival).

Monarcas was selected for Festival Visions in partnership with the Miami Film Festival and will screen alongside Finding Her Beat. (Also, no need to register for both of these titles – as long as you register for one film, you’ll be able to see both.)

In Florida, over one billion dollars in wages are stolen from the pockets of workers every year. Following the migration journey and metamorphosis of the monarch butterflies, the short documentary Monarcas tells the story of two Guatemalan undocumented day laborers, Pedro and Alejandro, who migrated from Central America in search of a better future for their families, only to have their wages extorted by a Miami roofer. They seek help from a local organization and navigate the complexities of court proceedings to regain their dignity. In the process, they became activists and organizers, helping others like them to fight for their rights, despite their immigrant status.

2023, 13 minutes, color | Directed by Diana Larrea | Main Participants Alejandro & Pedro | Produced by Diana Larrea

Registration Information

Film Independent Members and the general public can register for this event starting at 1:00 pm on Thursday, June 1. | Registration is free; one registration per individual.

Arts Circle and Film Lover Members are guaranteed access to this event; email for more information.

How to Watch

On the first day of screening availability, registrants (and guests, when applicable) will be emailed a secure link by our partner Vision Media to watch this title in the Film Independent Presents Online Screening Room.


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Closed captioning will be available for this film.

Online Screening Policies

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