Sleep Dealer

Intelligent, humane, and intensely imaginative, Alex Rivera’s feature debut is set in the near future, where sealed borders divide the world but a digital network ties people together. When his family is victim of a misguided drone attack, Memo, a young Mexican from Oaxaca, travels to Tijuana to join a new kind of migrant work force – one where the poor plug their nervous systems into a global electronic grid and control worker-robots in America from virtual sweatshops in their home countries. In Tijuana, Memo becomes entwined with a young journalist who uploads her memories and sells them online, and a military contractor who operates drones around the world from his base in California.

Screens with The Great Mojado Invasion, Part 2 (The Second U.S.–Mexico War): In this master piece of border camp and reverse anthropology, the artists attack hard reality with large doses of irony, black humor and high style, generating a complex commentary on history, society, pop culture, the politics of representation and the repercussions of ethnic dominance.

San Francisco: June 27 at the Roxie Theater.