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Sleep Dealer

Sleep Dealer
Drama, Sci-Fi | 2008 | PG-13. 1hr 30min
CAST: Luis Fernando Pena, Leonor Varela, Jacob Vargas, Tenoch Huerta DIRECTOR: Alex Rivera TUESDAY FILM SERIES - FREE

Sleep Dealer with special appearance from director Alex Rivera is sponsored by The City of Tacoma Office of Equity and Human Rights and The Grand Cinema as part of Tacoma's Welcoming Week event where communities bring together immigrants, refugees, and native-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone.

Each screening will include a filmmaker Q&A with Alex Rivera. The evening screening will include additional information and resources in how to support and welcome immigrants and refugees here in Tacoma.

All screenings are presented free-of-charge thanks to the support of the City of Tacoma. Tickets for both shows will be available day-of when the box office opens.



Alex’s documentary work was broadcast on POV, and his feature fiction film, Sleep Dealer, won awards at Sundance and Berlin, screened at MOMA, and was released theatrically around the world. He has collaborated with Manu Chao, Aloe Blacc and La Santa Cecilia. His upcoming projects are being supported by Tribeca, Sundance, Surdna, Time Warner, the Ford Foundation, and others.


Memo Cruz (Luis Fernando Peña) is a young man in near-future Mexico. When his family is victim of a misguided drone attack he finds himself with no option but to head north, towards the U.S./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.

Clearly, Rivera knows one of the great gifts of the sci-fi genre. An uncanny world invites new ways of seeing. It offers new chances to ask the hard -- and too often, hardened -- questions.
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
Adventurous, ambitious and ingeniously futuristic, Sleep Dealer is a welcome surprise.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
Sleep Dealer is an unusually thoughtful science fiction film, using the speculative energy of the genre to explore some troubling and complex contemporary issues.
A.O. Scott, New York Times
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