The Infiltrators and Latino Vote: Dispatches from the Battleground
Dispatches from the Battleground
This Monday and Tuesday, don’t miss the opportunity to catch two of this year’s best U.S. Latinx documentaries premiering on PBS and addressing urgent and timely issues at the forefront of American politics in the lead up to November’s election.
Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra’s The Infiltrators—winner of both the ‘NEXT Innovator’ and ‘Audience Award’ at the Sundance Film Festival and winner of the Cinema Tropical Award for Best U.S. Latinx Film—is an unvarnished look at U.S. Immigration Detention Centers from the inside. Told through a genre-defying docu-thriller form, the film was also recently included on the New York Times‘ list of The American Latino Experience: 20 Essential Films Since 2000.
Latino Vote: Dispatches from the Battleground by two-time Emmy nominated director Bernardo Ruiz is an up-to-the-minute look at the ever-evolving 2020 landscape through the eyes of the Latinx voters poised to be the largest racial or ethnic group eligible to vote in a presidential election.
A film by Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra
(USA, 2019, 90 min. In English and Spanish with English subtitles)
The Infiltrators is a docu-thriller that tells the true story of two young immigrants who get detained by Border Patrol—on purpose—and put in a shadowy for-profit detention center. 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.
Premieres Monday, October 5, 10pm EDT on PBS
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LATINO VOTE: DISPATCHES FROM THE BATTLEGROUND
A film by Bernardo Ruiz
(USA, 2020, 60 min. In English and Spanish with English subtitles)
Latino Vote: Dispatches from the Battleground is an up-to-the-minute look at the ever-evolving 2020 election through the eyes of Latino voters who are poised to be the largest racial or ethnic group eligible to vote in a presidential election. Historically known as “the sleeping giant,” the Latino vote has been an elusive prize, but many believe that 2020 will be the year the giant awakens. Latino voters turned out at unprecedented rates in the 2018 midterms and candidates have stepped up their courting.
Told through a series of immersive dispatches from the battleground states of Nevada, Texas, Florida and Pennsylvania, Latino Vote: Dispatches from the Battleground follows the efforts of grassroots organizers, community leaders and political operatives working to ensure Latino voter turnout. The film follows left-leaning progressives as well as Latino evangelicals, many of whom support President Donald Trump.
Premieres Tuesday, October 6, 9pm EDT on PBS
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