Alex Rivera on Tour

“Rivera revives the promise of an American independent cinema that can intervene in our world, imagine the worst, hope for the best – and entertain like mad long the way.”
- B. Ruby Rich, Professor of Film & Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz in THE GUARDIAN OF LONDON

Alex Rivera is currently on a national campus tour with his work, including a presentation first premiered at Harvard University, Engineering the Border: Imagining America and his Sundance award-winning feature film Sleep Dealer.  For information on either program please contact us.

Engineering the Border: Imagining America is an hour-long multi-media presentation that explores the ways in which, during the past one hundred years, technologies have evolved and been deployed to ‘grow’ the border, transforming it from a line in the sand to a vast matrix that now blankets the entire country.  As a new techno-legal web of border enforcement has emerged, so have new forms of resistance to it.

Sleep Dealer is a Sundance award-winning science-fiction film that carries embedded in it profound political and economic critiques.  It’s the perfect conversation-starter for discussions about issues as diverse as labor and immigration, technology and ethics, globalization and the environment.

Dennis Lim of Lincoln Center and The New York Times says “Sleep Dealer taps into the cultural and economic fears that have come with a globalized planet… For all its newfangled trappings, Sleep Dealer reasserts a narrative as old as this country…”

The campus tour includes a presentation with filmmaker Alex Rivera, who can screen and discuss Sleep Dealer as well as his earlier work (including The Sixth Section, Why Cybraceros?, and The Borders Trilogy).

The film screenings and lectures address themes of:

  • Immigration
  • Globalization
  • New Technology
  • Science Fiction Studies
  • Latino Studies
  • Cinema and Media Studies

Tour Audience 1

If you would like to discuss the possibility of hosting an event featuring Sleep Dealer, Engineering the Border, or would like further information, please contact us.

Presentations have already taken place at Harvard, Brown, Dartmouth, UCLA, University of Texas at Austin, New York University, Rutgers, and Duke University among many others.