Directed by Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra
“Equally fascinating, inspiring, and sometimes baffling.”—Andrew Parker, The Gate
The Infiltrators is a timely docu-thriller that tells the true story of young immigrants, detained by Border Patrol and put in a shadowy for-profit detention center—on purpose.
Marco (Maynor Alvarado) and Viri (Vida‘s Chelsea Rendon) are members of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, a group of radical Dreamers who are on a mission to stop deportations. The best place to stop deportations, they believe, is in detention. However, when they try purposely get themselves detained, things don’t go according to plan. The film weaves together documentary footage of the real infiltrators with re-enactments of the events inside the detention center to tell an incredible true story in a fresh, genre-defying cinematic language.
Winner of the Audience Award: Next and the Next Innovator Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. 2019, U.S., in English and Spanish with English subtitles. 95 minutes. Recommended for 16+.
Cinema + Post-screening discussion moderated by the Cultural Center, University of Louisville.