Set in a near-future, militarized world marked by closed borders, virtual labor and a global digital network that joins minds and experiences, three strangers risk their lives to connect with each other and break the barriers of technology. The concept of a world connected by technology, but divided by borders, is the central concept of Sleep Dealer. This ironic reality pushed director Alex Rivera to imagine a future in which borders are sealed, and immigrants no longer come to America.  Instead, in the world of Sleep Dealer, immigrants stay in their home countries, connect their bodies to ‘the net,’ and send their pure labor to robots in America.  This is what used to be called the “American Dream.”



7.00 PM on Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity Street, Amherst MA 01002
tel. 413.253.2547

additional information

official web site

Spanish-language trailer  English-language trailer

interview with Rivera on Indymedia

filmmaker Alex Rivera will introduce and answer questions about the film

sponsored by the Lucius Root Eastman 1895 Fund (Amherst College),
the Five College Lecture Fund (Five College Inc.), and
Alumni and Family Relations (Hampshire College)

with the support of American Studies (Amherst College), American Studies (Smith College),
English (Amherst College), and Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies (Hampshire College)