The Infiltrators

Bud Watch Party: The Infiltrators

All Day & Night, June 26-July 8
  • Virtual Event -- Access Info Below
A new film by Cristina Ibarra & Alex Rivera ... winner of the Sundance Audience Award & the Sundance Innovator Award

All you need is your Bud Library Card for a free viewing of this Sundance award-winning film.  When you click on the link above, and you'll head into Bud's Kanopy platform, which gives you free films when you enter your library card. If you're new to Kanopy and stuck with the sign-in or streaming issues, check out our tutorial for detailed instructions.

About the Film

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.”

Film Discussion

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Run Time: 

95 minutes
There is an audacity, an unrestrained boldness, to both the events depicted onscreen and the way in which they are portrayed in the movie itself…”
Chicago Tribune

About Bud's Watch Party

During this time while we're staying safer at home, Bud Werner Memorial Library is organizing special opportunities to share some of the newest documentaries you might have seen in Library Hall. Instead, we're watching them online this spring, virtually together at home. The library hopes that you'll enjoy watching these thoughtful films, then come together for community conversations to share the experience and maybe even put our isolated heads together for some thought-provoking brainstorming and solutions.