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This Friday: Watch Jose Antonio Vargas' Documentary "Documented"

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For those in Washington, DC this Friday: take a break from the hustle and bustle of town and come to the premier of Jose Antonio Vargas‘ documentary, a film he’s been working on since early 2011.

“Documented” has been chosen as the centerpiece film at this year’s AFI Docs festival in D.C.  The screening is at 8 PM this Friday, June 21st, at the National Portrait Gallery.  Following the screening, Juan Williams of Fox News will moderate a short Q&A.  Purchase tickets here.

Here’s Pulitzer Prize-winning undocumented journalist Jose Antonio Vargas talking about the movie:

To be honest, this was not the film I sought out to make. My original plan was similar to Davis Guggenheim’s “The Dream Is Now” and make a film on “DREAMers.” But after sending a film crew to the Philippines to document my own mother, whom I haven’t seen for almost 20 years, the film took a different turn–I didn’t want it to go there but it had to go there. The film travels from the Iowa caucuses, the historic city of Birmingham, Alabama, to the provinces of the Philippines where I was raised. The film also covers a lot of ground–from the importance of citizen allies to the coming out of “DREAMers Moms.”

The film’s core message is the cost of our broken immigration system breaking families apart.

Watch the trailer below: