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Latinx Representation in Film

Alex Rivera

In this interview, learn more about Alex Rivera’s evolution as a storyteller and the inspirations behind many of his innovative works.

About Alex Rivera

Alex Rivera is an award-winning filmmaker and media artist. Alex's feature film "Sleep Dealer" (2008) is a cyberpunk thriller set on the U.S./Mexico border. "Sleep Dealer" won awards at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival, and is well known for its contribution to Latino representation in sci-fi. In 2019 Alex released the docu-scripted hybrid "The Infiltrators," which won the NEXT: Audience Award and the Innovator Award at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. His other credits include "Why Cybraceros?" (1997), "Papapapá" (1997), "The Borders Trilogy" documentary series (2003), "The Sixth Section" (2003), and the short story "A Robot Walks into a Bar" (2014). Alex was a 2021 MacArthur Fellow, and has received other awards such as being a Sundance Fellow, a Creative Capital Grantee and as a Rothschild Lecturer at Harvard University. He studied at Hampshire College, lives in Los Angeles, and is an Associate Professor at Arizona State University’s Poitier Film School.