“Documented”, A Film by An Undocumented Immigrant to be Shown in 10 US Cities
Apr 15, 2014
A Filipino Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Jose Antonio Vargas, created a film entitled “Documented” that tells his own story from his journey to America from the Philippines as a child, as an immigration reform activist, and chronicles his separation and reconnection with his mother whom he hasn't seen for over two decades.
“I had barely written about my mother, much less put her on film. It’s such a surreal experience. I didn’t know how much I needed her until I saw her on film in front of me”, says Vargas.
Back in 2011, former Huffington Post editor Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in an essay published in the New York Times Magazine.
Documented have 10 theatrical releases in Los Angeles, San Diego, Miami, Phoenix and other five cities with large immigrant populations. Its big screen premiere is on May 2, 2014 in New York. Hoping to reach and influence a large audience, the film will be available in English, Spanish and Tagalog.
Further, the filmmaker adds, “At the end of the day, stories connect us, not politics, and there’s so many stories out there waiting to be told. It’s just a matter of who’s out there listening.”