Building the American Dream


Roxie Theatre Sat, Jun 1, 2019 12:15 PM
Film Info
Director:Chelsea Hernandez
Film Category:Labor Issues
Social Justice
Running Time:73 min.


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. -JM


Co-presented by SF Latino Film Festival, Bay Area Video Coalition and RoxCine.

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