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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.
His advocacy is meant to serve primarily him.
"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.
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.
An engaging documentary...Documented also explores Vargas's painful relationship with his mother.
We come to the realization that some of the best people in the US don't have papers.
While bogged down in questionable choices, this film manages to be an effective self-portrait of the dilemma faced by millions of undocumented immigrants in America today.
No matter which side of the aisle - or the fence, I guess - you sit on in terms of the immigration issue, any time this discussion is humanized is a good one.
Living a Lie
[Vargas'] story can have no happy ending, absent from political change-which is why, whatever its faults, the documentary is so effective.
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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