Jose Antonio Vargas

Oscar nominee Demian Bichir speaks for millions of undocumented immigrants like me

A Better Life

Image Credit: Merrick Morton

You’ve never met a character quite like the one Demián Bichir plays in his Oscar-nominated turn in A Better Life, a little-seen but must-watch film for anyone who wants to have a real conversation about immigration in America. Playing a Mexican gardener caring for his American-born teenage son, Bichir illuminates a largely invisible, if not downright untouchable, character in contemporary American life: an undocumented immigrant.

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