“Between 1998 and 2018, Nearly 700,000 children born in the US have been separated from their immediate family after one of or both of their parents were deported.”
Told through the eyes of 15-year-old Jamil Sunsin, Colossus is a modern-day immigrant tale of one family’s desperate struggle after deportation leads to family separation, and the elusive search for the American dream.
Jamil Sunsin is the only person in his family born in the U.S. His parents and sister came from Honduras and lived in the U.S. for a decade before Jamil’s father was arrested for being undocumented. The entire family was forced to return to Honduras, a country wracked with violence.
After a knife attack, Jamil is traumatized, and becomes terrified to leave home. The family makes an excruciating choice to send him back to the U.S. Now 15, Jamil tries to survive without his family and fights against a broken immigration system.
Back in Honduras, his sister Mirka, who would’ve been eligible for DACA had she remained in the US, struggles to adapt, hoping to someday reunite with Jamil. This intimate portrait is a rare look into the aftermath of deportation and family separation, amidst the current backlash against America’s immigrants.