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 charismatic local farmer. That ride would propel her into history.

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 won three awards, including the Audience Award for Best Alabama Film.  The documentary went on to win 10 international awards, including the Audience Award at the Fairhope Film Festival and the Hoka Award at the Oxford, Mississippi Film Festival.  The film will premiere on WORLD Channel on March 25th, 2018 on the third season of Reel South.

Visit the film’s official website at www.firstladyoftherevolution.com.


"You don't let things happen. You shape them. " Henrietta Boggs   First Lady of the Revolution


Teasers and Special Videos


Directed, Written and Produced by:
Andrea Kalin

James Mirabello

Paulo Soto

Associate Producer:
Ethan Oser

Directors of Photography:
Dennis Boni & Paulo Soto

David Grossbach

Original Music:
Stephen Smith

Art Director & Lead Graphics:
Luis G. Portillo

Leo Fallas

Sound Design, Mixing, Dialogue Editing & Restoration:
Daniel Alarcón & Carlos Aguilar

Executive Producer:
Martin Kalin

Featuring the Original Song:
Written and Performed by Debi Nova
Produced by Carlos Tapado Vargas

Additional Original Music:
Carlos Aguilar

Additional Editor:
Paulo Soto

Assistant Editor:
Ethan Oser

Creative Consultant:
Jody Steiger

Consulting Producer (U.S.A.):
Diana Moss

Consulting Producer (Costa Rica):
Esteban Ramírez

Edit Consultant:
Tracy Baumgardner

Story Consultant:
Patricia Flynn


Alabama Humanities Foundation

Montgomery City-County Libraries

Fundación ARDE


Audience Award – Best Alabama Film, Sidewalk Film Festival 2016
Jury Award – Honorable Mention, Sidewalk Film Festival 2016
Award for Excellence, IndieFEST 2016
Winner of three TIVA-DC Peer Awards 2016
Audience Choice Award, Fairhope Film Festival 2016
Spotlight Award 2016
Hoka Award – Best Documentary Feature, Oxford Film Festival 2017
Platinum Remi Award – Documentary Feature, WorldFest Houston 2017
Best Cinematography – #AMLatino Film Festival 2019