“Locked in a Box” is an award winning short documentary (24 minutes) that follows the stories of individuals held in the U.S.
Immigration detention system and those who visit them. The film traces the lives of individuals who fled their homelands in search of safety and freedom only to end up in U.S. prisons under a mandatory bed quota system run by Immigration Customs & Enforcement (ICE). Since the 1990’s there has been a massive expansion of the immigration detention system up to 34,000 immigrants in detention on any given day in approximately 200 different facilities, many of which are for-profit prisons. “Locked in a Box” helps strip away the political rhetoric to see the human cost of detention.
"Given the current national conversation around immigration, we feel that our short is extremely relevant and timely because it humanizes, or looks at the human cost of for-profit immigration detention centers. "
- David Barnhart, Director
WINNER 2019 Immigration Advocacy in Documentary Film Award
This award is for films that relate a call to action around the issue of immigration. We recognize LOCKED IN A BOX: IMMIGRATION DETENTION for it’s examination of the detention center experience, profile of church volunteers who visit those held there, and the profound experience they share during these visits. This film acts as a call to action, showing how volunteers can visit migrants in detention centers, and bring some comfort and compassion to the lives of those detained.