The Infiltrators

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.”

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photo of Alex Rivera
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Alex Rivera, Cristina Ibarra

Executive Producer:

Katy Drake Bettner, Nancy Blachman, Jim Butterworth, Steve Cohen, Paula Froehle, Lagralane Group, Ken Nolan, Christina Nolan, Ken Pelletier


Cristina Ibarra, Alex Rivera, Darren Dean, Daniel Chalfen


Alex Rivera, Aldo Velasco


Lisa Rinzler


Alex Rivera, Randy Redroad

Production Designer:

Tatiana Kazakova

Sound Designer:

Christopher Sheldon



Principal Cast:

Maynor Alvarado , Chelsea Rendon, Manuel Uriza, Juan Gabriel Pareja, Vik Sahay

Additional Credits:

Co-Producer: Sarah Garrahan, Co-Producer: Mark G. Mathis, Casting Director: Carla Hool, Associate Producer: Moses Israel, Co-Executive Producer: Lou Buglioli, Natalie Orfalea, David Ortiz, Robina Riccitiello, Co-Editor: Aldo Velasco


Public Film Contact:

Cristina Ibarra
Pueblo Sight & Sound

Publicity Contact:

Daniel Chalfen

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90:00 mins