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Building the American Dream

Building the American Dream

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An intimate screening and discussion in the East Bay

About this event

For those who cannot attend the San Francisco premiere at SF DocFest, BAVC Media is hosting a second screening in Oakland in partnership with local advocacy groups in hopes that more people can have an early chance to see this timely and powerful film.

Co-presented by StudioToBe and UC Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program along with local education and advocacy groups to be announced.

Doors open at 7 for a reception and discussion before the film.

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.

“An eye-opener about the abuse of workers whose immigration status makes them victims.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“Chelsea Hernandez tugs at our heartstrings and puts fuel to a fire of righteous anger.” –FilmThreat


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