Building the American Dream
In Texas, construction workers face the deadliest conditions in the country. “Building the American Dream” follows three immigrant families who are rising up to seek justice and equality in an industry rife with exploitation. 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 is owed thousands in back pay fights for their children’s future. And 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 — a dream from which they are unfairly excluded.
With director Hernandez and cinematographer Erik Mauck.