PBS-VOCES: “BUILDING THE AMERICAN DREAM”

MetroFocus | September 16, 2020

CHRONICLING THE PLIGHT OF IMMIGRANT CONSTRUCTION WORKERS FIGHTING FOR FAIR WORKING CONDITIONS

Doc airs Tuesday, September 15 at 10pm on Thirteen

New York’s skyline has soared to new heights in recent years thanks in large part to construction workers. But amid this building boom dozens have died on the job despite regulations intended to keep them safe. Workplace tragedies continue at job sites across the country. Now a new film, “Building The American Dream” is giving us a firsthand look at the fight for fair working conditions and the abuse of immigrant labor. Airing as part of Voces — the acclaimed PBS documentary series produced by Latino Public Broadcasting — the film takes us to Texas to depict the downside of putting business over people. As part of our Chasing The Dream initiative on poverty, justice and economic opportunity in America, the film’s Producer and Director Chelsea Hernandez joins us.

For more information on “Building the American Dream,” click here.

Aired on September 15, 2020.

Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America is a multi-platform public media initiative that provides a deeper understanding of the impact of poverty on American society. Major funding for this initiative is provided by The JPB Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Ford Foundation.