Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Why Cybraceros?

I was reading an interview with Alex Rivera, when I came upon this, "The humor
of Rivera’s work, and the bite of his critiques, can also be appreciated in
Why Cybraceros? (U.S., 1997), which uses an original 1940s promotional
film by the California Grower’s Council titled Why Braceros? to recount
the history of the bracero program in the United States and to present a
dystopic futuristic revamping of this program that imports the labor, but
not the workers, from Mexico to the United States." Clearly, Rivera had been playing with the ideas in Sleep Dealer for some time. The original "Why Braceros?" is very long, and dry at first, but stick with it. The ideals it expresses, especially about half-way in, are exceptionally important to Rivera's understanding of the dystopic future in Sleep Dealers. Here is the original video his "mock-promotional" is based on:

and here, is the Sleep Dealer prototype:

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