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Special Screening of Immigration Documentary in Sacramento

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Oct 9, 2013

Last week, Pulitzer Prize winning writer Jose Antonio Vargas spoke about his new film “Documented” at King Hall in a packed Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom. I blogged about the event here.

Last night, he held only his second screening of his new film at the Guild Theater in Sacramento, and I was honored to be invited on stage as a panelist. At a reception before the film, I saw Professors Leticia Saucedo and Rose Villazor as well as Alumni Board members Kara Ueda '00 and Grace Arupo '02. A number of students were in attendance, as well. After Vargas introduced the film, the audience watched Documented, which tells Vargas’ very personal story about his travails as an undocumented person in the United States with “no line to wait in” for a lawful immigrant visa. One of the saddest parts of the story is that he has been separated from his mother, who still lives in the Philippines, for nearly 20 years. For a description of the movie, see

Sergio Garcia, the undocumented immigrant seeking admission to the California Bar, also was in attendance. We sat next to each other at the movie and discussed, among other things, the recent arguments on his admission to the bar before the California Supreme Court. I was honored to join Sergio Garcia, Jose Antonio Vargas, and other panelists in a discussion after the film about the issues of immigration law and policy that the film touched on. We had a wonderful discussion and it was an exciting evening.