The story of two Guatemalan day laborers in Homestead, FL whose fight against wage theft in their community takes them on a journey of personal transformation.

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. They 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. Theft in their community takes them on a journey of personal transformation.



Miami Film Festival
United States
March 5, 2023
World Premiere
Official Selection

Los Angeles
United States
June 1, 2023
West Coast Premiere
Official Selection

Festival Visions
Los Angeles
United States
June 22, 2023
Online Premiere
Film Independent Presents

Chroma Art Film Festival
United States
August 12, 2023


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Image Caption: Featured image for ‘Monarcas’. Image Caption: Featured image for ‘Monarcas’.



Short (13mins) Documentary


United States of America


English, Spanish


No Rating


Diana Larrea


Diana Larrea


Sun 24 Sep 2023, 5.30pm, MovieTowne, POS—Screen 10

Tue 26 Sep 2023, 5.30pm, MovieTowne, POS—Screen 10

T+T Premiere, Caribbean Premiere

Diana Larrea

Diana Larrea

Diana Larrea is a Peruvian filmmaker and documentary photographer currently based in Miami and Cusco. She was recently selected for the Knight Heroes Short Documentary Development Program, supported by IF/Then and the Miami Film Festival, where she also premiered her directorial debut, “Monarcas,” a short documentary highlighting the crisis of wage theft among undocumented day laborers in Homestead, FL. She worked as an editor on several projects, including “Madame Pipi” (2021), “Birthright” (2021), “Fearless” (2020), and the Emmy-winning documentary, “Six Degrees of Immigration” (2019). She was awarded the 2018 Knight Art Champions grant by The John S and James L Knight Foundation for her continuing work on identity and territory in Peru. For the past decade, Diana has collaborated with and captured intimate portraits of Miami artists while documenting communities impacted by development and gentrification. With an Associate’s degree in Film Production from Miami-Dade College, she began her career as an editor for TV stations and institutions. Diana aims to poetically portray and empower the immigrant experience through her work.

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