Returning again for 2019-2020 is the partnership between the Sustainability Institute and the Center for Global Workers' Rights: the Landscapes of Labor film series. Our first film of the series is Alex Rivera's sci-fi masterpiece Sleep Dealer. Despite being made in 2008, this prescient film identified a future in which use of drones, water privatization, monetization of the Internet, global opposition to immigrants, and exploitation of workers through technology are all critical issues dominating societal discourse. In Sleep Dealer, Memo has to leave home after a mistake destroys his family. Heading to the U.S.-Mexico border, he gains employment from a "sleep dealer" to work in a factory where Mexicans provide labor in the U.S. remotely via direct connection to robots -- "all the work without the workers," as the company proudly proclaims. Along the way, he meets many people seeking to use him and his story for their own needs. A haunting and important conversation about workers' rights, immigration, and the world we want to live in, Sleep Dealer marks an exciting return for this partnership between SI and CGWR.
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