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

Bridging the Borders Award (2018)

For Outstanding Artistic Values to Address an Important Social Justice Issue

Imagen Award (2019)

Best Primetime Program - Specials, Movies & Limited Series, Best Young Actor - Television

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Icebox explores the grim realities of the current U.S. immigration system through eyes of Oscar, a 12-year-old schoolboy from Honduras.

Director Daniel Sawka on the Personal Nature of Icebox

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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Learn more about how to assist those looking for justice within the U.S. immigration system.

The History and Practice of Immigration Detention

As part of its larger look at immigration detention, podcast The Takeaway examined the origins of immigration detention and how in the last decade it evolved into one of the largest growing areas of the U.S. prison system.


“You can’t be a child. In this very moment you have to grow up. To survive.”


Icebox Puts a Human Face on Immigration

"A film that feels ripped from the headlines."

"A wrenching, harrowing movie about one Honduran boy's quest for asylum."

"A film every American needs to see right now."

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