Sleep Dealer

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Sleep Dealer


Friday Jul 05 07:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00


About the Film:

Directed by Alex Rivera. 2008. USA. 90 min. 

Sleep Dealer is a Sundance award-winning sci-fi thriller packed with stunning visuals and strong social and political themes. Memo Cruz (Luis Fernando Peña) is a young man in near-future Mexico. When his family falls victim to a misguided drone attack, he finds himself with no option but to head north, towards the US/Mexico border. But migrant workers cannot cross this new world border—it's been sealed off. Instead, Memo ends up in a strange digital factory in Mexico where he connects his body to a robot in America. Memo's search for a better future leads him to love, loss and a confrontation with a mysterious figure from his past.

The Los Angeles Times writes “Adventurous, ambitious and ingeniously futuristic. It combines visually arresting science fiction done on a budget with a strong sense of social commentary in a way that few films attempt, let alone achieve.“ 

Prior to the screening, Kyle Oba of Pas de Chocolat will provide an introduction and discuss the film's relationship with real-world technology. 

Kyle Oba is part of the design-and-technology duo Pas de Chocolat. He works with organizations to assess technology needs through collaborative research, design and development activities.

The Honolulu Museum of Art is proud to participate in Science on Screen®, an initiative to offer creative pairings of current, classic, cult, and documentary films with introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine. This is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. 

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