Friday, May 14, 2010

A Village Called Versailles

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A Village Called Versailles

  • "A Village Called Versailles"

Vietnamese refugees began moving into New Orleans's Versailles Arms public housing complex in 1975 after the Fall of Saigon. By 2005, at 8,000 strong, they were the densest concentration of Vietnamese in the U.S., until Katrina made them refugees once again.

In 2006, as they rebuilt the neighborhood, New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin dropped another bomb on Versailles, using emergency powers to greenlight construction of Chef Menteur Landfill for toxic Katrina debris next door.

S. Leo Chiang explores the community's mobilization against the landfill in his documentary A Village Called Versailles, showing Saturday 5/15 at 2 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington St.

A Village Called Versailles screens for free as part of the monthly ITVS Community Cinema series. It will be broadcast Wednesday 5/25 at 4:30 p.m. on PBS's Independent Lens. Trailer after the jump.

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