The movie "Sleep Dealer," directed by Alex Rivera, raised a number of questions about immigration, drone warfare, the surveillance state, and how human rights will be contested in a future where labor is subjected to 12-hour days in factories hundreds of miles away from their work.
I found the movie fascinating and scary in its depiction of how humans related to machines. Despite what Rivera said about how the world he depicted could make us more connected, I did not find the work Luz did very encouraging. Perhaps it is my technophobic instincts, but I felt like the connection Luz created through her memory machine felt much less real than interpersonal interaction.
More importantly, in the Q and A I wanted to ask what Rivera thought about the use of drones primarily in Syria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan to kill suspected "militants," when much of the time these militants are civilians. How did the state and the corproate sector relate to the use of drones in the film? Did the state own the drone which killed Memo's father, or was this a corporate creation? It seemed to be the product of the state and corporate culture in collaboration. I wonder what Rivera thinks about drone technology now that it has proliferated and countless nations are using drones for police surveillance of predominately black and brown bodies. These are some of the more global connections and questions I felt like his film helped foster.