August 2, 2014 – Studio Movie Grill, Dallas, Texas. Roscon Foundation, Inc. and the Professional Group of Companies teamed up to co-sponsor this pre-screening of “Documented”, a film produced by Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker and founder of Define American, a campaign that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration.
Here are some of the members of the Team that watched the pre-screening at the Studio Movie Grill at Technology Drive, Dallas, Texas.
In June 2011, Jose Antonio Vargas wrote an unfiltered essay in the New York Times Magazine about his experience as an undocumented American in the hopes that someone would listen, would care, would question our broken immigration system. The result? A movement of communities, individuals and organizations coming together not just to question, but to take action.
Since our founding in 2011, Define American has used the power of story to transcend politics and shift the cultural conversation about immigration, identity and citizenship in America. Politics is driven by culture, and we’re convinced that facts and policies aren’t enough. We need culture and media around immigration and citizenship to catch up to the politics and policy around immigration.
In just three years our campaign has had more impact on the media’s coverage of immigration and on debate in the highest political circles than any other campaign of the last decade–and now we’ve grown from an all volunteer campaign, into a national non-profit organization.
We are telling the incredible, compelling, inspiring and authentic stories that are not currently being read, heard seen or told in the mainstream outlets of media and art. Define American is telling America’s whole story!
Our major victories are widely regarded by strategist, activist, media personalities and political leaders as genuinely game changing. We were inspired as TIME magazine highlighted the importance of immigrants in our culture, as the Associated Press officially stopped using the word “illegal” when referring to people, as celebrities actively discussed their concept of citizenship, and as countless others publicly came out as undocumented. We harnessed the energy of those around us through over 250 events in 44 states to hear from people with varied stories and opinions just how complicated our immigration system is. And we produced and proudly screened Documented in theaters around the country, and soon on CNN, reaching wider audiences and widening the debate.
Undocumented and hiding in plain sight
He earned a college scholarship, he pays taxes and he even won a Pulitzer prize. A few years ago Jose Antonio Vargas revealed he did all this as an undocumented immigrant.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas began working on “Documented” shortly before “outing” himself as undocumented in a groundbreaking New York Times Magazine essay, “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant.” Vargas has traveled around the United States, telling his story in solidarity with the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the country. As he connected with others — particularly those who, like Vargas, came to the United States as children — his personal reflections compelled him to reconnect with his mother, whom he had not seen in 20 years.