Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker and undocumented immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas has been tapped to direct a new documentary project for MTV’s “Look Different” campaign, which will examine what it means to be young and white in America. The Untitled Whiteness Project is slated to air on the network in 2015. Punched in the Head Productions will produce the project in partnership with Define American, Vargas’ media and culture group.
“As a new immigrant in America who grew up watching MTV, it’s a privilege to work on this project and for Define American to be a part of the Look Different campaign. And as an immigrant who is a gay, undocumented, and a person of color, what it means to be ‘white’ in an increasingly ‘minority-majority’ country has always fascinated me,” says Vargas.
Vargas revealed his “undocumented” status in a 2011 essay in The New York Times Magazine in an effort to promote dialogue about the immigration system in the U.S. His most recent documentary film Documented was released in theaters earlier this year and made its debut as a CNN Films broadcast in June. He will receive the PEN Center USA’s Freedom to Write Award tomorrow in Los Angeles. Below is a trailer for Documented.