In 2018, HBO acquired and presented the independent feature Icebox (Daniel Sawka, 2018), produced by Gracie Films and co-financed by Endeavor Content. The movie represents a timely narrative and a useful tool for analysis on some of the key matters related to the ongoing debate on US immigration and border policies. Starting in the mid-80s –with the Immigration Reform and Control Act (1986), among others– stricter measures and a structured border discourse have been implemented in the US institutional and public spheres. The militarization of the US-Mexico boundary has been increased in several steps and tied to the construction of the border fence; since the government’s reaction to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the measures have been strengthened and brought to a war level.
Icebox and the Exceptionality Intrinsic to Institutional Violence on the US-Mexico Border
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