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Border drones and labor-bots: Alex Rivera's prescient 'Sleep Dealer'
Border drones and labor-bots: Alex Rivera's prescient 'Sleep Dealer'

Filmmaker Alex Rivera had the idea for his sci-fi movie "Sleep Dealer" back in 1997. At the time, he envisioned a future in which wars were fought via drone, the water supply was privatized by corporations and eager young workers at the Mexican border would no longer cross into the U.S. for jobs. Instead, they would plug their bodies ("Matrix"-style) into digital systems that power labor-bots in the U.S. that did everything from build high-rises to pick oranges. The film, which Rivera released in 2008 after working on it for more than decade, bears a striking resemblance to our troubled present, one filled with the realities of drone warfare and privatized water...

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