The Batte Center Presents: A Southern Circuit Film: First Lady of the Revolution

Feb 20
Tue @ 7:00 pm
A Southern Circuit Film: First Lady of the Revolution
February 20, 2018
Tue at 7:00 pm
The Batte Center & Union County Community Arts Council
McGee Theatre

While visiting Costa Rica, a young Southern belle from Alabama accepted a ride on the back of a motorcycle belonging to a charismatic local farmer—a ride that would propel her down narrow mountain roads and into history. First Lady of the Revolution is not only a depiction of the momentous struggle to shape Costa Rica’s democratic identity; it's also a portrayal of how a courageous woman escaped the confines of a traditional, sheltered existence to expand her horizons into a new world and live a life she never imagined.

Filmmaker Andrea Kalin will be present for the film screening and engage audiences in a question and answer session afterwards.



The Southern Circuit is the South’s only tour of emerging and respected filmmakers, providing communities with a free and interactive way of experiencing independent film. The Circuit presents filmmakers screening and discussing their work with campus and community audiences. 



Filmmaker statement:

“Some biographies help us understand broad historical themes, some appeal to the universal emotions of the human experience, while others simply entertain with vivid characters and astonishing events. First Lady of the Revolution somehow manages to do all three. This is a rare breed of epic, recalling hemisphere-rocking events—protests, exile, revolution, war, societal change—all through the eyes of a young social reformer, who also happened to be a Southern belle.

When I first met Henrietta Boggs in December of 2009, I was quickly captivated by her eloquence, boundless energy and indomitable spirit. At 98 years young, she stays stunningly productive, presenting on a TEDx stage for thousands, crafting articles for the magazine River Region Living, acting as a member on several non-profit boards and as a docent at the local museum, and regularly entertaining an eclectic mix of artists and literary talents at her home. Beyond being amused by Boggs’ sharp humor, I became fascinated with her life’s journey and her improbable marriage to José Figueres, Costa Rica’s little giant, and the dramatic events that would sweep Figueres into the Presidency and Boggs into the role of the country’s Primera Dama, or First Lady.

Henrietta Boggs’s story—what she observed and endured in Central America from early in World War II through her husband’s first presidency at the start of the 1950s—is not just her own, nor is it only Costa Rica’s; this is a tale of deep historical relevance reaching even beyond one hemisphere. Through Boggs’ eyewitness accounts, this program will stimulate a new understanding of social reforms as they happen, exploring the broad historical and political themes that underlie them. First Lady of the Revolution is a singular opportunity to tell an intensely personal saga whose sheer heft and transnational scope are not mere backdrop, but the essence of the audience-mesmerizing adventure, horror, heartbreak and enchantment that defined one brave woman’s experience.”

[Source: Andrea Kalin, Press Kit]

Running Time: 1:07:33

Genre: Documentary