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NCLAFF: Building the American Dream

Photo of construction worker with text: Texas: A construction worker dies every 2.5 days.
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Tuesday, October 29, 2019
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7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
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Chelsea Hernández and Sarah Garrahan
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NC Latin American Film Festival

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.