The latest documentary acquisition for CNN Films is “Documented,” a film about immigration co-directed by Ann Lupo and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, who “outed” himself as undocumented in his 2011 New York Times Magazine essay “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant.”
“Documented,” which premiered at the AFI Docs Film Festival and is next headed to IDFA, follows Vargas as he travels around America telling his story in solidarity with the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants living here, a journey that prompts him to reconnect with his mother, who he hasn’t seen since in 20 years, since she sent him to the U.S. from Philippines to live with relatives. “We have followed Jose’s story closely since 2011 and are very pleased we will be able to offer U.S. viewers a window into the experiences of recent immigrants through his story. Jose also reports this story from a journalist’s point of view — which makes it a great fit for distribution on our network,” said CNN’s Amy Entelis.
“Immigration, to me, is not a political issue, it’s not a Latino or Asian issue — it’s an American story,” added Vargas. “The film is in honor of 11 million undocumented immigrants — many of us Americans in all but papers. And, the film is dedicated to parents everywhere who dream of better futures for their children.”
CNN Films has picked up the U.S. broadcast rights to “Documented,” and will air the film in the second quarter of 2014 after its U.S. theatrical premiere. The film is executive produced by tech entrepreneur Sean Parker, Matthew Hiltzik (“Paper Clips”), Scott Budnick (of “The Hangover” films) and philanthropist Liz Simons. Here’s the trailer: