Son Of Monarch

Son Of Monarch

Original Name: Hijo De Monarcas
English Name: Son Of Monarchs
Year: 2021
Run time: 98 min
Language: Spanish, English
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: Mexico, USA
Director: Alexis Gambis
Producer: Abraham Dayan, Maria Altamirano
Cast: Tenoch Huerta Mejía, Alexia Rasmussen, Lázaro Gabino Rodríguez, Paulina Gaitán, William Mapother
Screenplay: Alexis Gambis
Cinematographer: Alejandro Mejía
Editor: Èlia Gasull Balada, Alexis Gambis
Sound Designer: Andrés Saldaña, Samuel Nacach
Music Composer: Cristobal MarYán
Costume Designer: Lupita Peckinpah, Jessica Harrison
Production Designer: Sofía Guzmán
Production Company: Imaginal Disc
World Sales: Wide Management
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  • Sundance 2021
  • Sao Paulo IFF 2021
  • Camerimage 2021

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2014 The Fly Room

Director’s Biography:

Qiu Jiongjiong

Alexis Gambis is a French-Venezuelan filmmaker and biologist. His films combine documentary and fiction, often embracing animal perspectives and experimenting with new forms of scientific storytelling. In 2016, he launched the sister portal Labocine. Coined the "Netflix for science," the VOD platform provides a virtual ecosystem to experience science cinema in all its flavours by hybridizing forms, and fostering a dialogue between scientists, artists and educator. His feature Son of Monarchs Premiered at the 2021 Sundance FF and was awarded the 2021 Alfred P. Sloan Prize, awarded every year to a film at the Sundance FF that focuses on science or technology as a theme, or depicts a scientist, engineer, or mathematician as a major character.


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.