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Benefit Screening of ‘DOCUMENTED’ Coming to Mountain View

Autobiographical film by former New York Times writer Jose Antonio Vargas follows his life as an undocumented immigrant and immigration reform activist.

Special to Patch
Special to Patch

Written by Francesca Mateo 

Boldly written, Jose Antonio Vargas’ poster revealed a large part of his identity. “I am an American Without Papers,” the poster said as Vargas held it at a Mitt Romney rally. Shortly after, he was escorted out by security. 

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist later shared his story as an undocumented immigrant and an activist in a film and autobiography called “DOCUMENTED.” 

Vargas revealed his undocumented Filipino immigrant status in a 2011 article he wrote for the New York Times Magazine. “DOCUMENTED” follows his life in America as he became an activist for immigration reform. 

MVLA Community Scholars is hosting a film screening of “DOCUMENTED” at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. Vargas, who is one of the early MVLA Community Scholars and now serves on its advisory board, will be in attendance. 

Tickets are $27 and are available by visiting the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts website. Proceeds will help MVLA Community Scholars to continue providing scholarships to students from the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District. 

An excerpt from the film is posted on the “DOCUMENTED” website.

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mrmyers January 23, 2014 at 10:03 AM
Does Jose suggest from his experience that we should open our borders and let everyone in that wants in? Should we provide them benefits from our nation's treasures? Why is it never made clear he is from the Philippines? Does he make a better poster boy if we are led to believe he is a Mexican boy made good? Is this clear in the movie, even?

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