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The film is at its best when Vargas, like a good journalist, probes the subject of immigration and talks to people about their experiences and opinions.
As agenda-driven as "Documented" is, it also is a deeply engrossing self-portrait. If 11 million undocumented Americans are a statistic, one, if shown in the right light, is a tragedy.
The best moments come when Vargas engages "regular" Americans in conversation, letting them know that he was brought here as a child...and that he has paid his taxes to boot.
"Documented" is obviously a bit of advocacy filmmaking, which is fine, but most of the time it's not compelling enough to reach beyond the converted.
Audience Reviews for Documented
I appreciated this film immensely. My only criticism is that it's only making a case for the immigrant who "did now know he/she was undocumented" and leaves out the rest. I found the parts relating to his mother to be truly poignant.
Documented fearlessly exhibits how even the best people in America cannot legally call themselves Americans. Aside from being a brilliant cinematic piece, Documented is an important testament of how citizenship must be a lot more than mere papers.
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