HBO + Scholastic

Icebox

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

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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.

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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.

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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.