The Infiltrators

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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Alex Rivera

Cristina Ibarra


Directors: 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
Producer: Cristina Ibarra, Alex Rivera, Darren Dean, Daniel Chalfen
Screenwriter: Alex Rivera, Aldo Velasco
Cinematographer: Lisa Rinzler
Editor: Alex Rivera, Randy Redroad
Production Designer: Tatiana Kazakova
Sound Designer: Christopher Sheldon
Music: tomandandy
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
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2019
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Thriller
Screening Section: Festival Favorites
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: ["United States"]
Language: English & Spanish
Runtime: 90:00 mins