The Infiltrators screening with Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera

When and Where

Thursday, January 21, 2021 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Online Event


Cristina Ibarra
Alex Rivera
Nic Sammond (co-host/moderator)
Diana Sanchez (co-host/moderator)


Join the Centre for the Study of the United States for a screening of the 2019 drama, THE INFILTRATORS, followed by a Q&A with the film’s directors, Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera. Register for this free event.

Speaker Bios:
Cristina Ibarra is a Sundance award-winning filmmaker with a 20-year storytelling practice rooted in her border-crossing homeland along the Texas-Mexico border. The Infiltrators is a docu-thriller about undocumented activists who go undercover inside a detention center to help set free those inside. It’s currently being distributed by Oscilloscope. It won the Audience and the Innovator Award in the NEXT section at the Sundance Film Festival in 2019, among other notable festival awards. The New York Times calls her previous award-winning documentary, Las Marthas, about wealthy South Texas border debutantes who honor George Washington in Laredo, Texas “a striking alternative portrait of border life”. It premiered on PBS’s Independent Lens in 2014 and is distributed by Women Make Movies. The Last Conquistador, a documentary about the racially conflicted construction of a monument to a conquistador in El Paso, Texas, was broadcast on POV in 2008. USA Today describes it as “Heroic”. Her award-winning directorial debut, Dirty Laundry: A Homemade Telenovela, was broadcast on PBS in 2001.

Alex Rivera is a filmmaker who has been telling new, urgent, and visually adventurous Latino stories for more than twenty years. His first feature film, Sleep Dealer, won multiple awards at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival. Rivera’s second feature film, a documentary/scripted hybrid, The Infiltrators, won both the Audience Award and the Innovators Award in the NEXT section of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature at the Blackstar Film Festival, and is currently being developed as a scripted series by Blumhouse Television.


Centre for the Study of the United States, Cinema Studies Institute, Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies, Department of Spanish & Portuguese