Building the American Dream, a documentary that tells the stories of the virtually invisible undocumented construction workers in Texas, has been chosen as one of the recipients for funding from Latino Public Broadcasting as part of their 2016 Public Media Content Fund. The documentary is directed and produced by Chelsea Hernandez. KLRU is the presenting station and plans to distribute the film nationally to PBS stations.
Construction is a $72 billion industry in Texas, but beneath the so-called recession proof “Texas Miracle” lies an uncomfortable truth. 1 in 2 workers in Texas are undocumented and face horrendous exploitations. Building the American Dream tells the stories of the virtually invisible undocumented construction workers upon whose hard labor the boom is built and introduces Cristina Tzintzún, an uncompromising young female voice in the labor movement leading the fight for basic rights and safety conditions.
Join us on August 2 as we close our POV Documentary Screenings with What Tomorrow Brings.
This film go deep into the very first girls’ school in a small Afghan village. Never before have fathers allowed their daughters to gain an education; now Taliban threats heighten their misgivings. From the school’s beginning is 2009 to its first graduating class in 2015, this film will take you through the stories of students, teachers, parents, village elders and the school’s founder Razia Jan. While the girlslearn to read and write, their education goes far beyond the classroom as they discover the differences between the lives they were born into and the lives they dream of leading.
Join us on July 12 as we continue our POV Documentary Series with the heartfelt documentary Thank You for Playing.
When Ryan Green, a video game programmer, learns that his young son Joel has cancer, he and his wife begin documenting their emotional journey with a poetic video game. Thank You for Playing follows Ryan and his family over two years creating “That Dragon, Cancer,” which evolves from a cathartic exercise into a critically acclaimed work of art that sets the gaming industry abuzz. Lauded as “unimaginably intimate” by The New Yorker, the film is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the unique ways that art and technology can help us share profound experiences.
With “Cosmic Vida,” an exhibition at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, curator Raul Valdez gave visitors a glimpse into the cosmos.
“Cosmic Vida” is the first show Valdez curated in more than a decade. An artist himself, he curated the collection after he realized he could not produce enough work to fill up the space himself. The exhibition, which is no longer on display, juxtaposed dynamic and subdued pieces. With artworks of various mediums, colors, sizes and imagery, he explored the literal and symbolic meaning of the exhibit’s title.
Valdez hoped the audience was inspired to make their own interpretations on the universal experiences of La Raza, the human race.
“You can see the chicano in it, but you can also see the universal part,” Valdez said
A new documentary produced by KLRU and journalist Lynn Boswell will explore questions of fairness, equality and what those words mean in university admissions nationwide.
To help fund production of this film, we are asking you to support our Indiegogo campaign. The goal of $25,000 will help with costs associated with travel, fact checking, research and use of archival materials. Funds raised through this campaign will directly support the production of this documentary.
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