Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera

Pasadena, California
18 months

Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera will produce and tour a theatrical version of their Sundance award–winning film, The Infiltrators, a documentary-thriller that tells the true story of a group of young immigrants who intentionally got themselves arrested by border patrol to go into detention, and help get other immigrants set free. The film raises awareness around for-profit detention centers, the politics of deportation, and strategies of resistance developed by undocumented immigrants in the United States.

Ibarra is a filmmaker, whose work has focused on the United States–Mexico border for the past 18 years. Her PBS-broadcast documentary Las Marthas premiered on Independent Lens in 2014. Her documentary collaboration The Last Conquistador was broadcast nationally on POV. She has received fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, PBS, Firelight, the Sundance Women’s Initiative, and Creative Capital.

Rivera is a filmmaker who tells urgent and visually adventurous Latino stories. His first feature film, Sleep Dealer, won awards at the Sundance Film Festival, was screened at MoMA New York, and had a commercial release around the world. Rivera was the Rothschild Lecturer at Harvard University, and was named one of Variety magazine’s “10 Directors to Watch.”