As part of its CNN Films initiative, which brought Blackfish and The Assassination of President Kennedy to the airwaves, CNN will broadcast DOCUMENTED, a feature film detailing the life of former WaPo reporter Jose Antonio Vargas. Vargas was part of the Pulitzer Prize winning team of reporters who covered the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech and he famously outed himself as an illegal immigrant in 2011 in a New York Times Magazine essay, “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant.”
“Immigration, to me, is not a political issue, it’s not a Latino or Asian issue – it’s an American story,” said Vargas, who wrote and directed the doc, in a press release.
Vargas was sent to the United States from the Philippines by his mother at age 12 to live with his grandparents in Mountain View, Calif. After attending San Francisco State University, he worked at newspapers in San Francisco, Philadelphia, New York City, and at the Post -all while keeping his true citizenship status a secret.
CNN will air the documentary in mid 2014, but according to Vargas’ Twitter page, it will be in theaters before then.