About The documentary

Building the American Dream is a feature documentary that tells the story of several immigrant workers who face hardship and are taking action to change the political system in order to protect workers. After Roendy Granillo, a 25-year-old immigrant construction worker dies of heatstroke on the job, his bereaved father and kid sister channel their grief into campaigning for a groundbreaking rest break ordinance in Dallas, Texas. While workers fight for the right to rest and their wages, their lives are put at risk as immigration reform is stalled and anti-immigrant rhetoric expands. Building the American Dream tells a story of inspirational leadership, committed collective action, and empowerment as it bears witness to a growing determination to uplift an invaluable community – the people who are literally building our country brick by brick



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