Óscar (Anthony Gonzalez), a 12-year-old Honduran boy, is forced to flee his home and seek asylum in the United States, only to find himself trapped in the U.S. immigration system. As he attempts to reach his uncle, Manuel (Omar Leyva), in Arizona, Óscar is apprehended by Border Patrol and placed in “the icebox,” a processing center for Hispanic migrant children. Read More
Festivals and Honors
For Outstanding Artistic Values to Address an Important Social Justice Issue
Best Primetime Program - Specials, Movies & Limited Series, Best Young Actor - Television
Sparked by his own familial history and an indelible image of a child in a detention center, the director of the HBO Film Icebox discusses how he captured the heartbreaking realities of migrants’ lives in his first feature film.
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