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Theater Near You: Sleep Dealer

Sleep-DealerRemezcla readers love to take in culture, but don’t always have the cash for tickets. That’s where we come in. A Theater Near You is Remezcla’s guide to awesome Latin movies for the lazy and broke; you can watch these all at home (because sabemos que son flojos).


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The Movie

Sleep Dealer
Director: Alex Rivera
USA, Mexico | 2008 | 90 min
Language: Spanish

Remember that movie A Day Without a Mexican? Where the gringos complain about ‘dem illegals’ and all of a sudden every last one of them disappears. Then the real nightmare begins as the whiteys are left to cut their own grass, clean their own homes, and park their own cars. Oh, the horror! Supermarkets are empty, vegetables sold on the black market, and restaurants are filthy–all because nativists can’t handle all them brown-skinned lawbreakers hanging out at the Home Depot. But, what if you could kick out all the brown people and still have cheap vegetables? What if you could still exploit people for their labor but not have them use up precious resources like health care or our crappy public education system? The nutty, genius film director, Alex Rivera, has already imagined it for you.

Sleep Dealer isn’t your run-of-the-mill Sci-Fi movie. It’s in Spanish, it’s political and it imagines the near future; a world of cyberbraceros, coyoteks, remotely-controlled drones, aqua-terrorists, and closed borders. Memo (Luis Fernando Peña, Sin Nombre) flees small town life in Oaxaca and heads to Tijuana. With a little bit of money and lots of small town naivete, he wanders around the big city looking for a coyotek who can turn him into a node worker. The tech version of the old “coyote” who would smuggle migrants across the border, the new coyotek implants nodes on a worker’s body, allowing the laborer to plug into a network that operates robots located on the other side of the border. The norteamericanos get what they’ve always wanted, an impenetrable southern border without losing access to endless cheap labor. In other words, “todo el trabajo menos los trabajadores.”