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State Of The Arts: ‘Building The American Dream’

by Stephen Becker 11 Apr 2019 5:00 PM

A documentary playing this year’s Dallas International Film Festival tells the stories of the construction workers fueling Texas’ economy


Texas is home to some of the fastest growing metro areas in the nation, which means a construction boom across the state. In this week’s State of the Arts conversation, Chelsea Hernandez, the director of a new documentary about these workers, talks about the labor conditions they endure. And since 50 percent of construction workers are undocumented, we also talk about the difficulty of fighting for their rights.

The film, “Building the American Dream,” screens Friday and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. as part of the Dallas International Film Festival.

And be sure to check out the films we’re looking forward to the most this year.