FRONTERA!: THE GREAT MOJADO INVASION II + SLEEP DEALER
June 27 only
A Q&A with The Great Mojado Invasion director, Gustavo Vazquez, will follow the screening
Part of RoxCine’s FRONTERA! film series.
Cult and camp meet at the US-México border in Alex Rivera’s Sci-Fi tale about Tijuana’s infomaquilas and Gustavo Vazquez & Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s futuristic Chicano mockumentary of reverse anthropology.
The Great Mojado Invasion, Part 2 (The Second U.S.–Mexico War)
In this master piece of border camp and reverse anthropology, the artists attack hard reality with large doses of irony, black humor and high style, generating a complex commentary on history, society, pop culture, the politics of representation and the repercussions of ethnic dominance. Like a ghost from the future, ‘El Mad Mex’ Gómez-Peña narrates this hybrid-genre video, which envisions a queue of mojados (‘wetbacks’) who re-conquer lost Mexican territory to establish the new ‘U.S. of Aztlan.
A film by Gustavo Vázquez and Guillermo Gómez Peña. 26min. 1999. USA. Digital. In English and Spanish with English subtitles.
“Exuberantly entertaining — a dystopian fable of globalization disguised as a science-fiction adventure….”-A.O. Scott, The New York Times
Intelligent, humane, and intensely imaginative, Alex Rivera’s feature debut is set in the near future, where sealed borders divide the world but a digital network ties people together. When his family is victim of a misguided drone attack, Memo, a young Mexican from Oaxaca, travels to Tijuana to join a new kind of migrant work force – one where the poor plug their nervous systems into a global electronic grid and control worker-robots in America from virtual sweatshops in their home countries. In Tijuana, Memo becomes entwined with a young journalist who uploads her memories and sells them online, and a military contractor who operates drones around the world from his base in California.
Sleep Dealer won awards at Sundance and the Berlin Film Festival, was screened at New Directors/New Films at MoMA and Lincoln Center, and had an international theatrical release.
Directed by Alex Rivera. 90 mins. 2008. U.S.A. HD Digital. In English and Spanish with English subtitles,