Friday, February 25, 2011


The Sleep Dealer

I was told that I needed to see the *Sleep Dealer* because it deals with technology, migrant laborers and the disposable bodies of factory workers in the borderlands. The story is sci-fi and has a satirical agenda that exposes a dark "American Dream" that asks for and utilizes a migrant labor force, but then wants it to disappear.

In undergrad, I took a course that looked at sci-fi as psychological fiction in that many of these outlandish ideas we see represented in films like Stepford Wives play on deeper psychological desires. Looking at Sleep Dealer in this same psychological context, I think the effectiveness of this film hinges on technology erasing racial markers, a concept that could be grounded in some of the tangible legislation that puts into place systems of control for racially marked bodies.

Sleep Dealer

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