A Must see – premieres May 1
In the opening of the movie “The Infiltrators” there is a voice over that says “’Undocumented,’ ‘illegal,’ I really don’t care what you call it…they’re just different words for ‘afraid.'” The fear is that at any moment an ICE raid could tear their families apart.
About a decade ago I was dating a guy who was here illegally. To protect his identity I will not say what country he was from, but I will say he was very macho, and I did not have any ideas of his fears. That was until one day when I got a call from him, and he was crying. I asked what’s wrong, and he said the police are in his complex and they are going to take him and deport him. I jumped in my car and drove to his place, and found out the police were not there for him. When I entered his apartment, he was still shaking and his eyes were filled with tears. It wasn’t until that moment that I realized how I take my freedom for granted. There are thousands of undocumented people here in Florida…afraid every day.
The Infiltrators is a docu-thriller by directors, and husband-and-wife team, Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra, 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, a group of radical DREAMers 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. By 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 Broward Transitional Center advocates for real human suffering, which is a reason in itself for the abolishment of ICE.
This is a movie that need to be off the festival circuit and be mainstream. At the very least, it should be a must see for everyone living in Broward, so that they know this is happening right in their backyard.
The Infiltrators is 95 minutes in length (Language: English and Spanish with English Subtitles), and had its World Premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and was the winner of the Audience Award: NEXT, and NEXT Innovator Prize. It also won the 2020 Cinema Tropical Award for Best U.S. Latinx Film.
Coral Gables Art Cinema
Savor Cinema, Fort Lauderdale
O Cinema South Beach