THE INFILTRATORS
USA, 2019
Director: Cristina Ibarra & Alex Rivera

English and Spanish with English subtitles | 95 min
Activismo

Preceded by ABEO
Festival:
Friday, August 30 | 3 PM | Cinematheque

Post-Festival [Free for SFU students with ID]:
Wednesday, September 4 | 6 PM | SFU Woodward’s


In 2012, 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 who risk their own safety to stop deportations. Believing that no one is free as long as one is in detention, NIYA enlists Marco Saavedra and Viridiana Martinez to self-deport with the hopes of gaining access to the detention centre and preventing more expulsions. Once inside, Marco and Viri discover a complex for-profit institution housing hundreds of immigrants from various nations, all imprisoned without trial. Seamlessly and unforgettably blending documentary footage with scripted dramatizations, The Infiltrators is a bold and convention-busting hybrid film that highlights the power of grassroots activism.

Claudio Rojas es detenido súbitamente por funcionarios de ICE afuera de su hogar en Florida y llevado a un centro de detención para deportaciones inminentes. Aterrorizada, su familia contacta a la Alianza Nacional de Jóvenes Inmigrantes (NIYA, por sus siglas en inglés), un grupo de activistas Dreamers conocidos por detener deportaciones. NIYA recluta a Marco Saavedra y Viridiana Martínez para que se deporten a sí mismos y así accedan al centro de detención para impedir la expulsión de Claudio. Dentro, descubren una compleja institución con fines de lucro que alberga a cientos de inmigrantes multinacionales, todos presos sin juicio.




Unfolding with all the pulse-pounding suspense of a heist caper, filmmakers Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera have crafted a vital account of a damaged and devious system, told by the real-life protesters who risked everything for the cause. – Jesse Knight, Frameline

Audience Award and NEXT Innovator Award, Sundance Film Festival, 2019

Cristina Ibarra’s filmography: Las Marthas (2014)
Alex Rivera’s filmography: Sleep Dealer (2008)