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Documented: A Film by an Undocumented American

Directed By: Jose Antonio Vargas | 2014 | Unrated | 1 hr. 29 min.

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Filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas in person on Friday, June 6th and Saturday, June 7th.

In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times Magazine.

DOCUMENTED chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist/provocateur; and his journey inward as he re-connects with his mother, whom he hasn’t seen in 20 years. Written and directed by Jose Antonio Vargas. Digital. 2013, 89 mins..

“To me, politics is culture. I became a journalist, and later, a filmmaker, to get to know my adoptive country and my volatile place in it as a gay, undocumented, Filipino American. As a newcomer to America who learned to “speak American” by watching movies, I firmly believe that to change the politics of immigration and citizenship, we must change culture—the way we portray undocumented people like me and our role in society. That’s why I felt compelled to take charge of my own narrative and write, produce, and direct DOCUMENTED. This film, to me, is as much an artistic statement as it is a political one: I am not the “illegal” you think I am, and immigration is not what you think it is.”

Jose attends a Mitt Romney presidential campaign rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Jose and his mother


Jose testifies in front of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee


Jose and fellow undocumented Americans pose for the cover of TIME magazine


The well-told story of Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who outed himself as undocumented, a situation he finds terrifying and exhausting.

Village Voice

This is unmistakably the work of a journalist, unadorned and straightforward, with Vargas taking a direct and rational stance. But he’s not averse to raising hell. –Chicago Reader

At its heart, Documented asks what it means to be American. The film succeeds because it moves well beyond an abstract debate about the very timely subject. It lets us get to know a living person caught in the middle of it.” –Daily Camera

It is [Vargas’] willingness to apply tough questions to the muddier complications of his own life that marks Documented as a moving and intimate work. –IndieWire

Vargas doesn’t lecture or condemn anyone in his film. He does something much more powerful. He travels around the country telling his story while calmly facing the very people who want him and others like him to be deported. –The Sacramento Bee

If you had told me a documentary could shift my mindset, I would have said you were crazy. […] I hope all of our political leaders watch this film. They need to understand that skilled immigration is an economic issue that is directly tied to the health of our economy. –The Washington Post

Even more than documentaries like An Inconvenient Truth or even Waiting for Superman, Vargas courageously puts a human face on a story that many people think they know.” –PandoDaily