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“Documented”, the documentary about homosexual journalist Jose Antonio Vargas

Photo credit: MPR News
Photo credit: MPR News
Photo credit: MPR News

The name “Jose Antonio Vargas” is well known among the journalist community - he was rewarded for his impeccable coverage for the Virginia Tech shootings in the Washington Post and won a Pulitzer Prize for the exceptional work. After this professional achievement, he has come back with a bang by producing and directing the documentary “Documented”.

The documentary “Documented” recounts his personal experience after revealing his “undocumented immigrant” status to the press. In this particular piece he apologised to former bosses and employers for misleading and humiliating them in their professional careers. Other than revealing his immigrant status, the piece also mentioned him “coming out” in school during a sensitive homophobic time in 1999 and revealing his homosexuality to the public.

Vargas hopes to inspire people around the world with his story and change the perspective of immigration and citizenship in the country. He says to THR:

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. I am thrilled to be working with CNN, Tugg and BOND/360 to share my story on screens around the country and remind people that when we talk about immigration, we are talking about real people and their families.

The film will be released at the Village East Cinema in New York on 2nd May and at the Landmark Regent in Los Angeles on 9th May. For more information, watch the trailer for “Documented” here.