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November 19, 2013

CNN acquires Vargas’ immigration film ’Documented’

WASHINGTON — A former Washington Post journalist who later revealed he was living in the country illegally has made a documentary about his experience and is selling U.S. broadcast rights for the project to CNN Films.

Jose Antonio Vargas tells The Associated Press the CNN unit is acquiring his film, “Documented,” to be broadcast nationally in 2014. Vargas wrote and directed the film chronicling his journey from the Philippines.

In 2011, Vargas revealed he has been living in the country illegally since he was brought to the U.S. as a child to live with his grandparents. Vargas grew up in California where teachers helped him gain college admission and employment.

Sean Parker, the founder of Napster and first president of Facebook, is the film project’s lead funder and executive producer.

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