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Filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas On Being 'undocumented'

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Filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas On Being 'undocumented'

by Wochit 1:00 mins

In 1993 at the age of 12, Jose Antonio Vargas said goodbye to his mother and boarded a plane in the Philippines to join his grandparents in California. It would be four more years before he would learn that he was in the United States illegally. "Documented," the debut film of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who is still without the necessary papers, premieres on U.S. cable network CNN on Sunday. It tells his story growing up and working as a newspaper reporter without legal status and without a path to reverse it. The documentary aims to put a human face on the 11 million undocumented people in the country. Vargas said it is not "an immigration film," but a "love story between a mother and a son." Vargas, 33, spoke with Reuters about the emotional stress of feeling "illegal," why language matters in the U.S. immigration debate and how talk show host Charlie Rose helped him act "legal."


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