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.


Sleep Dealer

“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,

Preceded by:

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 subtitle


The US-México border: a unique stretch of land south of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and north of Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León and Tamaulipas dividing the two countries. I say Rio Grande, you say Río Bravo. Made aquí y allá, new and old, FRONTERA! is an ongoing series of narrative and documentary films that describe this peculiar area of the world in realistic, imaginary, troubled and playful forms.

Presented by RoxCine, the Roxie’s Spanish-language film program. Curated by Angy Fonseca, Iñaki Fernandez de Retana and Isabel Fondevila.

Co-presented by Cine+Mas San Francisco Latino Film Festival, Colectivo Cinema Errante, PODER SF, CARECEN.