The Infiltrators (2019), by Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra

 Latin American Studies     Nov 15 2019 | 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM McCormick Screening Room

THE INFILTRATORS is a docu-thriller that tells the true story of young immigrants who get arrested by Border Patrol, and put in a shadowy for-profit detention center – on purpose.   Marco and Viri are members of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, a group of radical Dreamers who are on a mission to stop deportations.  And the best place to stop deportations, they believe, is in detention.  However, when Marco and Viri try to pull off their heist – a kind of ‘prison break’ in reverse – things don’t go according to plan.

By 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.”

Alex Rivera will join us for a reception in the Humanities Gateway patio at 4:pm, which will be followed by the screening in the McCormick Screening Room. We will have the opportunity to have a Q&A with him after the screening.

Please watch the Democracy Now report on the movie here.

Press reviews:

REMEZCLA - January 17, 2019
"Here’s Your Guide to Latino Movies, Series, and Shorts at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival" by Manuel Betancourt.

THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE - January 17, 2019
"Sundance, Slamdance, SXSW, and More Austin Film News" by Richard Whittaker.

"Sundance Poised for Dreamers-ICE Showdown at Doc Premiere" by Tatiana Siegel.
ROLLING STONE - January 21, 2019
25 Movies We Can’t Wait to See at Sundance 2019 by David Fear.

INDIEWIRE - January 23, 2019
"Sundance 2019: The Most Anticipated LGBTQ Films and Projects Heading to Park City" by Jude Dry.

This is part of the Humanities Center’s Borders and Belonging Initiative. This event is generously supported by the Humanities Center’s Borders and Belonging Initiative, the Department of Film and Media, the Center of Law, Equality and Race at UCI Law, the Office of Inclusive Excellence, the School of Humanities, and the School of Social Sciences.

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