Introduce students to the complexity of the United States’ immigration system through a fictionalized story of a child forced to seek asylum in America.
Through lesson plans and clips of the film, students will learn about the immigration system within the historical perspective of America’s immigration laws and policies.
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.
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.
Óscar is granted a court hearing to plead his case for asylum — but the judge asks him tough questions that he has trouble answering.