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.
FOR GRADES 10-12 | HISTORY AND SOCIAL STUDIES
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.
Film Segment I
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
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
Óscar is granted a court hearing to plead his case for asylum — but the judge asks him tough questions that he has trouble answering.