Film Detail

Mar 21, 2019

The Infiltrators

Thursday, March 21, 6:30pm – Opening Night Film

The Broad Theater


Undocumented youth - DREAMers - deliberately get detained by Border Patrol in order to infiltrate a shadowy, for-profit detention center. Documentary. Directed by Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera. 93 minutes.

*Directors and guests from New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice present for screening.

Category: 2019Festival
Posted by: patois



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. Wife and husband Cristina Ibarra (in her Sundance debut) and Alex Rivera (SLEEP DEALER, 2008 Sundance Film Festival) 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.

Featured organizations: Congress of Day Laborers/Congreso de Jornaleros and New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice.