The Houston Cinema Arts Society (HCAS) is partnering with the Houston Latino Film Festival (HLFF) to present a week-long virtual run of The Infiltrators from Friday, May 15th to Thursday, May 21st, including a live virtual Q&A with directors Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera on Wednesday, May 20th at 7pm on the Houston Cinema Arts YouTube Page, moderated by HCAS Artistic Director Jessica Green and HLFF Artistic Director Pedro Rivas.
The Infiltrators is a docu-thriller that tells the true story of young immigrants who are detained by Border Patrol and thrown into a shadowy for-profit detention center – on purpose. Marco and Viri are members of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, part of the DREAMers movement, who are on a mission to stop unjust deportations. And the best place to stop deportations, they believe, is in detention. However, when Marco and Viri attempt a daring reverse ‘prison break,’ things don’t go according to plan. Weaving together documentary footage of the real infiltrators with re-enactments of the events inside the detention center, The Infiltrators tells an incredible and thrilling true story in a genre-defying new cinematic language.
“The Infiltrators gets me so open, especially right now,” HCAS Artistic Director Jessica Green raves. “This film is the gold standard for what is increasingly possible in the space found in between nonfiction and fiction filmmaking. It’s a thriller, a performance film, a documentary, and depicts the incredible bravery of a group of young people. “