Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra


The Infiltrators is a documentary film depicting the true story of two young undocumented Americans who "infiltrated" a for-profit immigrant detention center. The documentary and film tour focuses on the true story of Marco Saavedra and Viridiana Martinez, two young undocumented immigrant activists who infiltrated a secretive for-profit detention center. By intentionally getting detained by the Border Patrol, Marco and Viri went into detention themselves to uncover cases of abuse, organize behind bars, and help other immigrants get free. The documentary camera was the only camera following the activists as they executed their groundbreaking actions.

Bio: Alex Rivera is a filmmaker who tells urgent and visually adventurous Latino stories. His first feature film, Sleep Dealer (2008), won awards at the Sundance Film Festival, was screened at the Museum of Modern Art, and had a world-wide commercial release. Rivera is currently developing the film into a TV series.

For 15 years, Cristina Ibarra has been making award-winning films for PBS addressing the border between Mexico and the United States. Her documentary Las Marthas (2014) premiered on Independent Lens. 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.  Ibarra’s first short, Dirty Laundry: A Homemade Telenovela, won multiple awards and was broadcast on PBS. Ibarra has created mini-films with the NY International Latino Film Festival, Latino Public Broadcasting and the Latina collective,

The Infiltrators Headshot- 2017 Artist as Activist Fellows