First Lady of the Revolution

While visiting an aunt and uncle in the exotic countryside of Costa Rica, a young Southern Belle from Alabama accepted a ride on the back of a motorcycle belonging to a local charismatic farmer. That ride would propel her into history.

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First Lady of the Revolution is the remarkable story of Henrietta Boggs, 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 decade-long journey through activism, exile and political upheaval, and ultimately, lasting political reform.

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.

First Lady of the Revolution premiered at Sidewalk Film Festival on August 27th, and has gone on to win ten awards on the festival circuit, including three Audience Awards. The film was broadcast on public television in 2018 as part of Reel South Season Three.


Stone Soup and Spark Media is rolling out an exciting screening initiative to accompany the documentary, bringing First Lady of the Revolution to public libraries across the country.  Screenings will connect libraries with a local high schools and universities, and will feature a local historian or Costa Rican artist to answer audience questions.  We are currently testing a pilot program with support from Alabama Humanities Foundation, the Arts Council of Alabama and BB&T Bank, and will bring the film to seven libraries in Alabama and North Carolina in 2018. To learn more, please email us at

Please consider supporting this library initiative through a tax-deductible donation.  Every donation, no matter how small, will help us expand this initiative and will get us close to reaching our goal of bringing this important story to schools and communities across the Americas and beyond.