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Documented (2014)



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In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in an essay published in the New York Times Magazine. DOCUMENTED chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist; and his journey inward as he re-connects with his mother, whom he hasn't seen in person in over 20 years. (c) Official Site

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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.

May 30, 2014 | Rating: 3/4

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.

May 29, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

May 22, 2014 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

His advocacy is meant to serve primarily him.

May 8, 2014 | Full Review…

"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.

May 8, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Mr. Vargas's apt formulations come to sound like sound bites. His strategy is political - in a meaningful way - but not cinematic.

May 1, 2014 | Full Review…

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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.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

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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.

Maymay Asahan
Maymay Asahan

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