In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Big Muddy Crew is proud to present a free film screening of the 2008 Sundance award-winning sci-fi film, Sleep Dealer.
Sleep Dealer is directed by Alex Rivera and is set in a future, militarized world marked by closed borders, virtual labor, and a global digital network that joins minds and experiences, where three strangers risk their lives to connect with each other and break the barriers of technology. Rivera is an American filmmaker from New York City and is best known for his works about labor, immigration, and politics and Sleep Dealer is Rivera’s first feature film that places the migrant worker, a population typically situated at the periphery of society, at the center of the story.
The film stars Luis Fernando Peña as Memo Cruz, a young man in near-future Mexico. When his family is the victim of a misguided drone attack he finds himself with no option but to head north, towards the U.S./Mexico border. But migrant workers cannot cross this new world border – it’s been sealed off. Instead, Memo ends up in a strange digital factory in Mexico where he connects his body to a robot in America.
The film is about Memo’s search for a better future which leads him to love, loss, and a confrontation with a mysterious figure from his past.
This event is free and open to the public, so please join us at the Varsity Center (418 South Illinois Avenue) on Wednesday, October 17 from 7-9 pm for this exciting event.