In 2011, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas revealed he was an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times. In a powerful coming out article he challenges the perceptions of ’illegals’ and exposes the trials of life in citizenship limbo. This film chronicles his experiences from deciding to come out to his transformation into an activist.

We watch as he reconnects with his mother whom he hasn’t seen for 20 years and witness the bittersweet moment when his hard work pays off – an act is passed granting visas to undocumented migrants brought to the US as children – for him to realise that he is 4 months too old to benefit.


  • Year: 2013
  • Duration: 90 & 52 mins
  • Production:
  • Director: Jose Antonio Vargas
  • Available Versions: ENG
  • Country of production: USA



  • Audience Award for Best Documentary (Hawaii International Film Festival 2013) / Special Jury Award (San Diego Asian Film Festival 2013) / Best Call 2 Action Film (Boulder International Film Festival 2014) AFI Docs Film Festival 2013 (World Premiere), Hawaii International Film Festival 2013, San Diego Asian Film Festival 2013, IDFA 2013, Boulder International Film Festival 2014, Movies That Matter (Netherlands) 2014, Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival 2015

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