Alex Rivera’s 2008 sci-fi semi-allegorical story of U.S. imperialism in Mexico.

Near future scenario: Drones control dams – and the people dependent on them – in rural Oaxaca. A technophile, Memo (dewey-eyed Luis Fernando Peña), inadvertently draws the attention of U.S. monitors with disastrous consequences for is family, and he ends up drifting to Tijuana, a center for installing and connecting “nodes,” ports in human bodies that allow Mexicans to provide cut-rate manual labor in the U.S. without crossing the border by plugging into a system corporeally and doing traditional immigrant work like construction – but in a once-removed capacity, controlling robots through the nodes network, a new means of economic imperialism in the information age.

Instead of migrant farm workers in strawberry fields or undocumented immigrants doing construction on rooftops, Mexican workers cross the border virtually, supplying cheap labor without physical – or political – presence.

Leonor Varela plays a character Memo meets in Tijuana who uploads her memories and sells them to private buyers. The commodity of tech voyeurism has jumped from live online sex chats to invasion of the subconscious. The buyer maintains complete anonymity while the seller’s secrets are laid bare for cheap picking, a phenomenon exploited to fullest potential when memories Read the rest of this entry »