Building the American Dream

OCT 29 – Tuesday – 7pm | John Hope Franklin Center, Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall (240)

Dir. Chelsea Hernández (editor Sarah Garrahan). USA. 2019. 75 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, from which they are excluded.

With introduction and Q&A by Director Chelsea Hernández and editor Sarah Garrahan.*

*A conversation on The Infiltrators and Building the American Dream will take place at the Rubenstein Arts Center at Duke University on Nov. 1, (2:30pm at the Film Theatre) with the presence of Sarah Garrahan(Duke MFA alum), as part of DEMAN weekend.

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