Son of Monarchs (Hijo de Monarcas)

Son of Monarchs (Hijo de Monarcas)

Sloan Foundation Film

Release Date



  • Alexis Gambis


  • Tenoch Huerta
  • William Mapother
  • Electra Avellan


  • 2021 Sundance Sloan Feature Film Prize

A Mexican biologist's return from New York to his hometown near butterfly forests of Michoacán sparks a personal metamorphosis.

After his grandmother’s death, a Mexican biologist living in New York returns to his hometown, nestled in the majestic monarch butterfly forests of Michoacán. The journey forces him to confront past traumas and reflect on his hybrid identity, sparking a personal and spiritual metamorphosis.

Possible Topics

  • Monarch butterflies
  • Migration and immigration
  • Extinction, biodiversity, and climate change

Past Programs


Science and representation

Austin Film Society, Austin, TX


On a wing and a prayer

Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT


Monarch biology, the environment, and extinction

Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI