ICEBOX

By Daniel SAWKA

AFI - AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE - as CONS

Social issues - Completed 2015

Oscar, a young boy from Honduras, is caught crossing the US border and sent to a juvenile immigrant processing facility. Trapped inside the 'Icebox' Oscar fights to regain control of his fate within the rigid machine of the immigration system.

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AFI FEST 2016
Short Films
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Social issues, Drama
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, SPANISH
    • Duration
    • 27 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Daniel SAWKA
    • Writer(s)
    • Daniel SAWKA
    • Producer(s)
    • Camille CORNUEL
    • Synopsis
    • Fleeing gang violence Oscar, an 11-year-old boy from Honduras, crosses the US, to Arizona
      with a group of migrants. However, after falling out with the group’s leader Oscar soon
      finds himself all alone in the desert under the blazing sun. Dehydrated and exhausted, Oscar
      tries to makes his way toward his uncle in Phoenix when he is apprehended by border
      patrol and taken to an immigration processing facility for unaccompanied minors.

      In constant defiance Oscar struggles against the constraint of life in the “Icebox”. In this
      new microcosm Oscar meets other boys, all with different ideas of what it takes to avoid
      deportation. While awaiting the trial, which will determine whether or not he will be allowed
      to stay in the US, Oscar is dealt another blow as a secret about his past is revealed by the
      officers. A secret that further jeopardizes his chances of asylum.

      Through the wire fence Oscar watches as one of his friends is dragged out of his cell
      following a failed escape attempt. Not knowing who to trust or what to believe, Oscar
      fights to regain control of his fate inside the rigid machine of the immigration process.
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