Jose Antonio Vargas began his immigrant journey at age 12, when he was sent to the United States from the Philippines by his mother to live with his grandparents in Mountain View, California. After attending San Francisco State University, Vargas pursued a print journalism career – landing jobs at newspapers in San Francisco, Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington D.C. for the Washington Post – all the while, managing to keep his true citizenship status a secret. In 2008, Vargas was awarded a Pulitzer as part of the team of Washington Post journalists who reported on the 2007 shooting massacre at Virginia Tech University. Vargas began working on DOCUMENTED shortly before “outing” himself as undocumented in a ground-breaking New York Times Magazine essay, “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant.” Director Vargas to talk the state of immigration reform, perceptions and his own very personal journey in modern America.
Vargas’s deep and personal investment in immigration reform, combined with his obvious love of the public eye, would suggest a natural career path for him, one that crystallizes in the movie as he testifies before the Senate judiciary committee. – Tom McCarthy, Guardian UK
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. – Drew Hunt, Chicago Reader