Cosecha Latina/Latin Harvest is a periodic showcase of new work by Chicana/o, Latina/o and Latin American media artists based in the United States in a variety of genres and formats—from narrative feature-length films, to documentary, to experimental film and video and digital art. Combining evening screenings with Q & A sessions with directors, screenwriters, cinematographers, performers, and artist producers, the series is designed to recognize and support the talent and ideas of these artists, while opening the opportunity for the campus community to engage with Latina/o visions as they emerge, like California flora, in any season.
—Curator Catherine Benamou,
Associate Professor, Department of Film and Media Studies
Thursday, May 7
Reception 6:30pm / Screening 7pm
A reception will precede the screening at 6:30pm.
Director Alex Rivera will be present for a Q&A Session following the screening
© Maya Entertainment
Building on the director’s past experiments with digital animation, this feature-length sci fi narrative takes us into the not-so-distant Mexican future, in which the world is divided by closed borders, yet linked together by a digital network that connects people around the world. Protagonist Memo (Luis Fernando) is fascinated with home-grown communications, which leads him to migrate to the U.S.-Mexico border in search of work in a hi-tech maquiladora. There, he meets Luz (Leonor Varela), a beautiful aspiring journalist who collects stories and helps Memo to “plug in” to the Tijuana labor market. A series of life-changing realizations ensue.
Sleep Dealer was the winner of the Amnesty International Film Prize at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival as well as the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award and Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
Directed by Alex Rivera • 2008, USA/Mexico
90 minutes • 35mm
Co-sponsored by UCI Humanities Center, UCI Department of Film Studies, UCI International Center for Writing and Translation, UCI Department of Chicano/Latino Studies & UCI Department of Spanish and Portuguese