The Infiltrators

95 mins.
Directed by Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera
2019
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Without warning, Claudio Rojas is detained by ICE officials outside his Florida home. He is transferred to the Broward Transitional Center, a detention facility used as a holding space for imminent deportations.

Terrified of never seeing him again, Claudio’s family contacts the National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA), a group of activist Dreamers known for stopping deportations. Believing that no one is free as long as one is in detention, NIYA enlists Marco Saavedra to self-deport with the hopes of gaining access to the detention center and impeding Claudio’s expulsion.

Once inside, Marco discovers a complex for-profit institution housing hundreds of multinational immigrants, all imprisoned without trial.

Directors Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera design a hybrid cinematic language, combining familiar documentary form and scripted narrative to map an uncharted domain: inside an Obama-era immigration detention system. Based on true events, THE INFILTRATORS is both a suspenseful account of a high-stakes mission and an emotionally charged portrait of visionary youth fighting for their community.


Alex Rivera is a filmmaker who, for the past twenty years, has been telling new, urgent, and visually adventurous Latino stories. His first feature film, SLEEP DEALER, a science-fiction feature set on the U.S./Mexico border, won awards at the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival, was screened at the Museum of Modern Art, and had a commercial release in the U.S, France, Japan, and other countries. Alex is currently developing SLEEP DEALER as a TV series with the support of a major studio.

Alex is a Sundance Fellow, Rockefeller Fellow, was The Rothschild Lecturer at Harvard University, and was named one of Variety Magazine’s “10 Directors to Watch.” In 2015 Alex was awarded major support from the Surdna Foundation and the Ford Foundation for THE INFILTRATORS and he received an Art & Technology Lab Grant from LACMA, as well as support from Time Warner for an experimental project in virtual reality.

Other recent collaborations include a series of activist music videos produced by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) with artists including Manu Chao, La Santa Cecilia and Aloe Blacc, which have collectively received over 20 million views.

Alex studied at Hampshire College.