- Organizer: A/P/A Institute at NYU
- Venue: Cantor Film Center
36 East 8th Street, Theater 101
New York, NY 10003 United States
Winner of the Audience Award at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival and New Orleans Film Festival, A Village Called Versailles is ﬁlmmaker Leo Chiangʼs feature documentary about Versailles, an isolated community in eastern New Orleans that has been settled by Vietnamese refugees since the late 1970s. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Versailles residents impressively rise to the challenges by returning and rebuilding before any other ﬂooded neighborhood in New Orleans, only to have their homes threatened by a new government-imposed toxic landﬁll just two miles away. The ﬁlm recounts the empowering story of how this group of people, who have already suffered so much in their lifetime, turns a devastating disaster into a catalyst for change and a chance for a better future.
Following the ﬁlm, Julie Sze, Associate Professor of American Studies at University of California at Davis and author of Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice will be in conversation with Chiang about the broader issues of race and environmental justice covered in the ﬁlm affecting Asian American communities.