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90 minutes · 2013

Jose Antonio Vargas not only directed but serves as the primary subject of this 2013 documentary, about his life as an undocumented immigrant. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Vargas was born in the Philippines and moved to the U.S. with his grandparents when he was 12; he revealed his citizenship status about six months after the DREAM Act failed to pass the Senate, and since then he's campaigned for comprehensive immigration reform. This is unmistakably the work of a journalist, unadorned and straightforward, with Vargas taking a direct and rational stance. But he's not averse to raising hell: in one scene he confronts midwestern conservatives at a rally for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign, and the documentary becomes more visceral, reminiscent of work by Ross McElwee and Nick Broomfield.

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