Borders: The Infiltrators

Thursday, May 6 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

The Infiltrators is a docu-thriller that tells the true story of a group of young immigrants who are detained by Border Patrol and thrown into a shadowy for-profit detention center—by choice. Marco and Viri are members of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, a group of radical DREAMers who are on a mission to stop unjust deportations. 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. By weaving together documentary footage of the real infiltrators with re-enactments of events inside the detention center, The Infiltrators tells a thrilling true story about borders, migrant justice, and activism in a new, genre-defying cinematic language.

Co-director Cristina Ibarra and co-director/co-writer Alex Rivera will join moderator Cristina Venegas (Film and Media Studies, UCSB) for a virtual discussion of this groundbreaking film. Please not that this event will not include a screening. Registered participants will receive a link to stream The Infiltrators two days in advance of the event.