september, 2019

thu26sep7:00 pmthu10:00 pmBright Lights: Building the American DreamDirected by Chelsea Hernandez7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Bright Lights Film Series at Emerson, 559 Washington St, Boston, Massachusetts 02111Country:USA

Event Details

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. Panel discussion with director Chelsea Hernandez to follow. W, SJ, POC

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

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(Thursday) 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Bright Lights Film Series at Emerson

559 Washington St, Boston, Massachusetts 02111