By Daniel Sawka
Icebox, a film by Daniel Sawka, is scheduled to air on HBO on December 7th. Icebox premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The movie chronicles the journey and subsequent detention by the U.S. immigration service of a 12-year-old boy from Honduras seeking asylum to avoid efforts to force him into a gang. The boy eventually is sent to a processing center that really looks and feels like a detention center for children. It is called the “icebox,” because of the temperature.
The main character is Oscar, who is played by Anthony Gonzalez Gonzalez’s film credits include playing the lead role in Coco, a Pixar-animated film and recipient of the Teen Choice Award, and two television series: The Bridge and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. Members of the XXTRA team selected this film to profile because it provides a compassionate and timely narrative of a situation at the U.S. border that must be told …. and ultimately resolved. The movie will not hit you over your head like a sledge hammer, but it does provide a profoundly compelling story that will tug and twist your heartstrings long after the credits run.