Jose Antonio Vargas started out his career as a journalist, but since revealing his immigration status in a 2011 New York Times story, a lot has changed.
On Thursday afternoon, Fusion will be hosting Vargas for a Q&A in the comments that will allow readers to get their questions answered on the spot. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist will start taking questions at 2:30 PM EST, on Thursday, May 11.
Since he revealed he is an undocumented immigrant in 2011, Vargas has directed documentaries, started a non-profit media organization, and has become one the most visible and outspoken immigrant rights activists.
His most recent venture is an annual traveling film festival that asks moviegoers to define what it means to be an American. This year’s festival takes place in Charlotte, North Carolina, where the state’s immigrant population increased 551% from 1990 to 2013.
Vargas, who founded the organization Define American, says films can help start deeper conversations about immigration and demographic changes.
“[Films are] the closest thing we have to sharing one another’s experiences and when we find that common ground, it’s easier to have difficult conversations,” Vargas said in a statement.
This year’s festival will focus on intersectionality, including films that focus on immigration, women, LGBTQ communities, and racial identity.
Join Fusion and Jose Antonio Vargas tomorrow and come with questions!
Fusion is a sponsor of the 2017 Define American Film Festival.