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Bright Lights Film Series: ‘Building the American Dream’ with Director

September 26, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Co-presented as part of the Boston Latino International Film Festival and the Power to the People series.

Directed by Chelsea Hernandez, documentary, English and Spanish with English subtitles, 74 minutes, USA (2019)

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 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.

Discussion with director Hernandez to follow. W, SJ, POC

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.


September 26, 2019
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Bright Family Screening Room
558 Washington Street
Boston, 02111 United States
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