Written by Francesca Mateo
Boldly written, Jose Antonio Vargas’ poster revealed a large part of his identity. “I am an American Without Papers,” the poster said as Vargas held it at a Mitt Romney rally. Shortly after, he was escorted out by security.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist later shared his story as an undocumented immigrant and an activist in a film and autobiography called “DOCUMENTED.”
Vargas revealed his undocumented Filipino immigrant status in a 2011 article he wrote for the New York Times Magazine. “DOCUMENTED” follows his life in America as he became an activist for immigration reform.
MVLA Community Scholars is hosting a screening of “DOCUMENTED” at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. Vargas, who is one of the early MVLA Community Scholars and now serves on its advisory board, will be in attendance.
Tickets are $27 and are available by visiting the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts website or by calling the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts ticket office at 650-903-6000. Proceeds will help MVLA Community Scholars to continue providing scholarships to students from the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District.An excerpt from the film is posted on the “DOCUMENTED” website.