This superb documentary film (co-directed by Vargas and Ann Raffaela Lupo) proves the thesis that “the personal IS political,” and shallow arguments about “Slippery Slopes” are for cowards.
Rarely have I spent a more emotional 89 minutes in a theatre! (JLH: 4.5/5)
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Top Photo: Vargas with his mother in the Philippines. At the age of 12, his mother’s father (who had already emigrated to the USA legally years before) smuggled Jose in illegally. That was 1993, and Jose has not seen his mother face-to-face since (although they have recently begun communicating on Skype).
Why not? Vargas doesn’t have a Passport, so if he goes to the Philippines to visit his mother and step-siblings, there is no guarantee he will be allowed to return “home” to the USA. Because his mother doesn’t work, her requests to obtain a visa to visit him in the USA have been consistently denied.
Bottom Photo: Vargas protesting Republican opposition to Immigration Reform at a Romney Presidential Campaign Stop in 2012.
Q: Does Documented the Bechdel Test?
This is a film about Jose Antonio Vargas and his female family members (mother, grandmother, step-sister, etc) and female friends are rightly talking about him and his life. They are not talking to each other.