"Documented," the first-person account by
The film blurs lines between documentary, reality television and "Candid Camera," with Vargas instigating the proceedings. Filming was already underway when he generated a flurry of publicity in June 2011 by publishing a tell-all in the New York Times Magazine, outing himself as an immigrant who overstayed his legal welcome.
His lack of documentation hardly seems like an inconvenience, however. The resourceful and plugged-in Vargas has still managed to attain great success in a highly competitive field. He admits in the film to lying on employment forms to land jobs at the San Francisco Chronicle, the Philadelphia Daily News and the Washington Post, enviable positions for birthright citizens and legal immigrants in the business.
Given that Vargas' grandparents are naturalized U.S. citizens, they had an opportunity to petition for his legal residency through a lengthy process. The film neglects to mention that his lack of citizenship might be of their doing.
In 2012, President
MPAA rating: No.
Running time: 1 hour, 29 minutes.