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SFFILM Festival

Son of Monarchs

Directed by Alexis Gambis

USA | Fiction | 97

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Film Available to Stream

Fri, Apr 9 at 12:01 am – Sun, Apr 18 at 11:59 pm PST


Employing a rich and romantic visual tapestry, this drama tells the story of Mendel, who grew up enchanted by the migrating monarch butterflies in his native Michoacán. Now, he sequences their DNA in New York while trapeze lessons allow him to experience their flight. On a visit back home to Mexico, the young man finds himself weighing matters of culture, love, and family, recognizing how his own life path has followed the migration of the beloved insects he studies. Part of the Sloan Science on Screen program.

Director Alexis Gambis

Alexis Gambis is a French-Venezuelan filmmaker, molecular biologist, and an assistant professor in the departments of Sciences and Arts & Humanities at New York University Abu Dhabi. His feature films include The Color of Time (2012), The Fly Room (2014), and Mosaic (2017). He is a 2019 TED fellow and he is the founder and artistic director of the Imagine Film Festival, dedicated to exploring the intersection of art and science.

Film Details

Language English, Spanish

Original Language Title Hijo de monarcas

Year 2020

Premiere California

Runtime 97

Country USA/Mexico

Director Alexis Gambis

Producer Abraham Dayan, Maria Altamirano

Executive Producer Alexis Gambis, Thomas Campbell Jackson, Gerry Ohrstrom, Matthew Putman, William Mapother, Jonathan Estreich, Richard Lipkin

Writer Alexis Gambis

Editor Èlia Gasull Balada, Alexis Gambis

Cinematographer Alejandro Mejía

Music Cristóbal MarYán

Cast Tenoch Huerta Mejía, Alexia Rasmussen, Lázaro Gabino Rodríguez