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Watch: Jose Antonio Vargas on Using His Own Immigration Story For ‘Documented’

Watch: Jose Antonio Vargas on Using His Own Immigration Story For 'Documented'

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas’ non-fiction feature “Documented” is as introspective as documentary filmmaking gets. In 2011, the Washington Post reporter outed himself in New York Times Magazine as an undocumented immigrant living in New York City, and his new documentary not only chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child, but also shows his devotion to immigration reform and an emotional reconnection with his mother after 20 years of distance.  

At an International Documentary Association screening of “Documented,” Vargas joined Indiewire’s Liz Shannon Miller for a discussion on his documentary passion project. Watch below as Vargas reflects on the realization of his efforts and the editing it took to turn his life into a movie:

On the realization he was documenting his own life:


On the reaction of seeing his mother in the film:


On his relationship with the film’s editor:

READ MORE: CNN Films Picks Up Jose Antonio Vargas’ Immigration Documentary ‘Documented’

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