The Infiltrators

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Alfond Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

Directors: Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra

Film Details: 2019, 95 minutes, DCP, color, sound, in English and Spanish with English subtitles

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Co-presented with the Boston Latino International Film Festival. This will be the festival’s opening night film!

World Premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Official Selection of the SXSW Film Festival, BlackStar Film Festival, Montclair Film Festival and BAMcinemaFest.

Screening followed by a discussion with filmmakers Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra, moderated by WBUR’s Simón Ríos.

About the Film:

“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 (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.” – Sundance Film Festival

Winner of the Audience Award and the NEXT Innovator Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Winner of the Rogue Award at the Ashland Independent Film Festival.

“Directors Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera create a hybrid work that is equal parts journalistic exposé and taut drama, and one hundred percent cinema.” – Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Hammer to Nail

About the Directors:

Cristina Ibarra has been making award-winning films for PBS that explore the US-Mexico border for the past sixteen years.

Her most recent documentary, Las Marthas, premiered on Independent Lens in 2014. The New York Times called it “a striking alternative portrait of border life”. Her PBS documentary collaboration, The Last Conquistador, had a national broadcast on POV. USA Today called the film “Heroic”. Dirty Laundry: A Homemade Telenovela, her first short fiction, won multiple awards and was broadcast on PBS. Ibarra has created mini-films with the NY International Latino Film Festival, LPB and the Latina collective

She is the recipient of numerous fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, CPB/PBS Producer’s Academy, the Latino Producers Academy, Firelight Producers Lab and Creative Capital among others. She is fellow of the Sundance Women’s Initiative.

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 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 his film-in-progress, ‘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.