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About The documentary

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.

this film is supported by

Ford Foundation | Latino Public Broadcasting | Tribeca Film Institute | Firelight Media | Seed & Spark | Adaptive Studios | City of Austin | BAVC National Mediamaker Program | Austin Film Society | KLRU-TV, Austin PBS