Building The American Dream
Chelsea Hernandez, 93 mins, USA, 2019
Co-presented by Bright Lights Film Series
Across Texas, an unstoppable construction boom drives urban sprawl and luxury high-rises. Its dirty secret: abuse of immigrant labor. BUILDING THE AMERICAN DREAM captures a turning point as a movement forms to fight widespread construction industry injustices. Grieving their son, a Mexican family campaigns for a life-and-death safety ordinance. A Salvadoran electrician couple who are owed thousands in back pay fight for their children’s future. A bereaved son battles to protect others from his family’s preventable tragedy. A story of courage, resilience and community, the film reveals shocking truths about the hardworking immigrants who build the American Dream, from which they are excluded.
Official Selection, 2019 SXSW Film Festival
Q&A with the director