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January 23, 2018

Feb. 18: First Lady of the Revolution

First Lady of the Revolution | Feb. 18, 2018  2 PM | $10, adults; $5 students

The Center for Rural Development is hosting a film premiere of First Lady of the Revolution – a film about an American woman whose life was centered around the revolution of Costa Rica on Sunday, February 18 at 2 p.m.

First Lady of the Revolution tells the remarkable story of Henrietta Boggs, a young Alabaman who fell in love with a foreign land and the man destined to transform its identity. Her marriage to José ‘Don Pepe’ Figueres in 1941 led to a journey of activism, exile, political upheaval and, ultimately, lasting progressive reforms. This unforgettable documentary depicts the momentous struggle to shape Costa Rica’s democratic identity, and portrays a courageous woman escaping the confines of a traditional, sheltered existence to expand her horizons into a new world.

“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 PrimeraDama, or First Lady,” said filmmaker Andrea Kalin.

This is a tale of deep historical relevance reaching even beyond one hemisphere.

“Through Boggs’ eyewitness accounts, this film will stimulate a new understanding of social reforms as they happen, exploring the broad historical and political themes that underlie them,” Kalin said. “First Lady of the Revolution is a singular opportunity to tell an intensely personal saga whose sheer heft and transnational scope are not a mere backdrop, but the essence of the audience—mesmerizing adventure, horror, heartbreak and enchantment that defined one brave woman’s experience.”

First Lady of the Revolution is part of the 2017-2018 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers and is the fourth film screening held at The Center for Rural Development.

“This is a huge opportunity for The Center for Rural Development to offer its service area a chance to experience film documentaries made from around the world,” said Laura Glover, Director of Marketing, Events, and Community Services at The Center. “Each film showcases a different culture of people and issues that we may not otherwise be exposed to.”

The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a part of South Arts, a Regional Arts Organization serving nine states across the Southeast. Throughout the 2017-2018 season, 18 filmmakers will tour the Southeast United States screening their documentaries at 21 venues in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Filmmakers on the Southern Circuit come from all over the United States and embark on tours of up to two weeks throughout the South. During their tour, they experience portions of the country that are underserved by the film industry, both commercial and independent.

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Each screening will be held on Sundays at 2 p.m. An informational question and answer session with the filmmaker will be held after each screening. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, contact The Center at 606-677-6000 or visit

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