As the Bolsavik has mentioned in this space before, shown today at ViFF, before the Dustin Nguyen spotlight, is a special sneak preview of A Village Called Versailles.
Directed by Leo Chiang, the 75-minute documentary follows the rebuilding and transformation of the area named Versailles in East New Orleans, where almost all the residents are Vietnamese.
In particular, the film documents how the local Vietnamese community, led by Catholic priest Vien The Nguyen, successfully fought the city’s plan to locate a landfill right next to the community.
Screening is at 3pm, at UC Irvine, room HIB 100. Following the screening will be a panel discussion on the rebuilding of the community in Louisiana after Katrina.
Appearing on the panel will be Bishop Mai Thanh Lương, auxillary bishop of Orange County. Bishop Mai was the founder of the Versailles village.
Also among the people on the panel will be Derrick H. Nguyen, better known by his Vietnamese name Nguyễn Hoàng Dũng. As a member of the White House Initiative on Asian-Pacific Americans during the Bush administration, Nguyen was intimately involved with efforts to help reconstruction of the areas devastated by the hurricane.