GRAND JURY PRIZE - El Paso Film Festival | STRONGLY RECOMMENDED - Video Librarian | RECOMMENDED - Educational Media Reviews OnlineLabor Studies • Immigration Studies • Hispanic + Latino Studies • Economics • Worker Rights • Democracy • Social Issues • Politics + Policy
Date of Completion: 2019 | Run Time: 73 minutes | Language: English & Spanish with English & Spanish subtitles | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript | Director: Chelsea Hernandez | Producers: Chelsea Hernandez & Marisol Medrano Montoya
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 Salvadorian electrician couple owed thousands in back pay fights 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, of which they are excluded.