Taiwanese American Producer-Director S. Leo Chiang’s film, A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES, premieres on Tuesday, May 25th on the award-winning PBS series, Independent Lens. For most stations, it will be on at 10p (9p in New Orleans, 11p in San Francisco Bay Area), but please click here to check your local listings.
A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES is a full-length documentary about Versailles, a community in eastern New Orleans first settled by Vietnamese refugees. After Hurricane Katrina, Versailles residents have impressively risen to the challenges by returning and rebuilding before most neighborhoods in New Orleans, only to have their homes threatened by a new government-imposed toxic landfill just two miles away. A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES will recount the empowering story of how this group of people, who has already suffered so much in their lifetime, turns a devastating disaster into a catalyst for change and a chance for a better future.
In light of the recent BP oil spill and its devastating impact on the coastal communities of New Orleans, this documentary is still quite relevant today.
This film is excellent. In this last year, A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES has been recognized with eight awards:
AUDIENCE AWARD, New Orleans Film Festival
HENRY HAMPTON AWARD, Council on Foundations Film & Video Festival
AUDIENCE AWARD, San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
AUDIENCE AWARD, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
CALL TO ACTION AWARD, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
BEST DOCUMENTARY, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
BEST DOCUMENTARY, Crossroads Film Festival
THIRD EYE AWARD, DisOrient Film Festival
Watch the Independent Lens TRAILER for the film:
If you can’t catch the broadcast, DVDs are available at: http://avillagecalledversailles.com/dvd