Opening Night Film
Wednesday, July 31 – 7 PM
TCL Chinese Theatre
THE INFILTRATORS TELLS THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF MARCO AND VIRI, TWO YOUNG UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS WHO EMBARKED ON A HIGH-RISK MISSION: GO INTO AMERICA’S SHADOWY, FOR-PROFIT, IMMIGRANT DETENTION SYSTEM, EXPOSE CASES OF ABUSE, AND FIND A WAY TO SET PEOPLE FREE.
TOGETHER WITH MOHAMMAD, A YOUNG UNDOCUMENTED MAN FROM IRAN, MARCO AND VIRI LEAD THE NATIONAL IMMIGRANT YOUTH ALLIANCE (NIYA), A GROUP OF RADICAL PRO-IMMIGRANT ACTIVISTS. OVER THE YEARS, NIYA MEMBERS HAVE BECOME SPECIALISTS IN STOPPING DEPORTATIONS – STARTING WITH THEIR OWN.
THE INFILTRATORS IS A SUSPENSEFUL TELLING OF THIS HIGH-STAKES MISSION – A LITTLE-KNOWN CHAPTER IN AMERICAN ACTIVISM, AND A RARE INSIDER EXPERIENCE OF A FOR-PROFIT IMMIGRANT DETENTION CENTER, AN INSTITUTION THAT IS RAPIDLY EXPANDING ACROSS THE AMERICAN LANDSCAPE.
Includes a post screening Q&A with the director(s)
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)
Cristina Ibarra (director/producer) has been making award-winning films that explore the U.S.-Mexico border for the past seventeen years. The New York Times calls her documentary, Las Marthas, “a striking alternative portrait of border life.” It premiered on Independent Lens. Her PBS documentary collaboration, The Last Conquistador, had a national broadcast on POV. USA Today called the film “Heroic”. In 2015 she was selected to be a part of the Sundance Women’s Initiative. She’s also a Rockefeller Fellow, a Creative Capital Fellow and a 2016 Rauschenberg Fellow.
Alex Rivera (director/producer) is a Sundance award-winning filmmaker who tells new, urgent, and visually adventurous stories. His first feature film, Sleep Dealer, won the screenwriting award at the Sundance Film Festival, was screened at the Museum of Modern Art, and had a commercial release around the world. 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.