Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera's recent film The Infiltrators uses a bold mix of film forms to tell the true story of a group of young undocumented activists who intentionally detain themselves in a South Florida immigration detention facility. Styled as a heist film, Ibarra and Rivera weave together verité footage, testimony, and reenactment to produce a compelling argument against immigration detention. In Diana Ruiz's interview, Ibarra and Rivera discuss the ways in which The Infiltrators problematizes extractive modes of documentary film and how the project's requisite reenactment brought about unexpected results. They also discuss the creative and political dimensions of “undocumented storytelling,” which relates to the filmmakers' enduring commitment to depicting fully dimensional representations of immigrants and Latinx experiences.
By Radical Means Necessary: Interview with Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera
Diana Flores Ruiz is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Film and Media department at the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation on visuality and power at the U.S.-Mexico border conceptualizes different technological moments in the history of depicting and surveying the border, arguing that visuality plays a constitutive role in the fortification and expansion of borders.
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Diana Flores Ruiz; By Radical Means Necessary: Interview with Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera. Film Quarterly 1 September 2019; 73 (1): 54–63. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2019.73.1.54
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