HBO + Scholastic

Introduce students to the complexity of the United States’ immigration system through a fictionalized story of a child forced to seek asylum in America.

Moments From the Film

Film Segment I
Conditions in Central America

12-year-old Óscar Fernández returns to school after being forcibly recruited by a local gang. Outside his classroom, gang members call for him before chaos ensues.

Film Segment II
Detainees in the System

Óscar journeys to the United States alone through a series of dangerous routes. But his quest to find his uncle is interrupted by U.S. border patrol.

Film Segment III
The Asylum Hearing

Óscar is granted a court hearing to plead his case for asylum — but the judge asks him tough questions that he has trouble answering.