A Village Called VersaillesClosed Captioning
S. Leo Chang
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Tucked away on the eastern edge of New Orleans, a community of Vietnamese refugees has thrived for 30 years in a neighborhood they call Versailles. A Village Called Versailles recounts how the residents successfully fought against the opening of a toxic government-imposed landfill after Hurricane Katrina struck and subsequently transformed their neighborhood. A PBS Indies / Independent Lens selection.
A MUST WATCH DOCUMENTARY!
This is an eye-opening, touching and inspirational documentary about a Vietnamese community in New Orleans. When Hurricane Katrina washed over the city of New Orleans, the media overlooked this "hidden" Vietnamese refugee community. Director Leo Chiang beautifully tells about the stories and struggles of the Vietnamese people and how they strive to fight for their rights in a place they call "home." A Village Called Versailles shows the unity between the young teenagers to the old grandparents who get together to protest against the government for the safety of their community. Political activism is an act that's not often seen in the Vietnamese community, and Chiang did a wonderful job portraying this new activism.
The struggles continue for the lives of this Vietnamese refugee community. The BP oil spill has affected many people whose income is solely dependent on the fishing industry. Watching this documentary will paint a clearer picture of the hardships that this community has faced leading up to the present. However, it also shows an establishment of a beautiful, tight-knit community that's often not found elsewhere.
I definitely recommend this documentary to anybody that's interested in learning more about the Vietnamese community in New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina or the power of unity between generations of old and young folks when it comes to political activism. If you are an educator, student, parent, activist, writer, etc., please show this documentary to everyone you know. This documentary showcases stories that are often not being told on T.V or books. So please spread the knowledge.
Inspiring doc about as uncommunicative in New Orleans I knew nothing about. Chiang is a clear and compassionate filmmaker. The result is a compelling, complex, and deeply moving film about a resilient community. Must see