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The Infiltrators

This documentary is about members of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA) who had themselves detained by an ICE facility in Broward County, Florida in order to help from the inside those who were being inappropriately detained. Using a combination of interviews with the real NIYA members and actors who reenacted the operation, the film explores how they were able to get inmates connected to NIYA members on the outside who helped to secure their release. As a documentary, there is nothing novel or innovative here, and the shift from actual people to reenactments is a bit jarring at times, but I really loved the story and how these young undocumented DREAMers found a clever way to change a system that was not working the way it was supposed to. I also think it is an important story given the current negative climate regarding immigrants (the events in this film take place during the Obama administration when there was probably much more sympathy to the cause). Thumbs up from me.(2020; 3.5 Stars)

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