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Alex Rivera & Cristina Ibarra, 91 mins, USA, 2019
Co-presented by the DocYard
THE INFILTRATORS is a docu-thriller that tells the true story of young immigrants who allow themselves to be arrested by Border Patrol and detained in a shadowy for-profit Florida detention center. Marco and Viri are members of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, a group of radical Dreamers, on a mission to stop deportations. And the best place to stop deportations, they believe, is in detention. When Marco and Viri try to pull off their heist—a kind of ‘prison break’ in reverse—things don’t go according to plan.
Weaving together documentary footage of the real infiltrators with scripted re-enactments of the events inside the detention center, THE INFILTRATORS tells this incredible true story in a boundary-crossing new cinematic language. The Hollywood Reporter said of the multiple award-winning film, “…rather than feeling like homework, watching it is a thrill.”
Winner, 2019 Sundance Film Festival
Official Selection, 2019 SXSW Film Festival
Official Selection, 2019 Miami Film festival
Q&A with the co-director, Alex Rivera
Moderated by Simón Rios, Reporter WBUR