In a New Orleans neighborhood called Versailles, a tight-knit group of Vietnamese Americans overcame obstacles to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, only to have their homes threatened by a new government-imposed toxic landfill. A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES is the empowering story of how the Versailles people, who have already suffered so much in their lifetime, turn a devastating disaster into a catalyst for change and a chance for a better future.

Four New Awards for A Village Called Versailles

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Screening at the Nelson BC Amnesty International FilmFest 2014!

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Catch A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES at the upcoming Nelson BC Amnesty International FilmFest on Friday 7:00 p.m! For more information about the festival and the other films screened, click here.

Watch it online on until September 24th

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

As a part of our Global Voices broadcast, PBS is making A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES available online in its entirely for the month of September. Please tell your friends.

Back on TV, plus Online Screening & LiveChat

Monday, August 19th, 2013

3 years after our PBS premiere, A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES returns to TV this Sunday 8/25 on World Channel, followed by an online screening on Monday 8/26 at 8pm (live chat with Mimi Nguyen and me, hosted by CAAM). With parts of the U.S. hard hit by natural disasters this past year, this poignant story of a community overcoming challenges through faith and resiliency is more relevant than ever

This occasion is a milestone for us the filmmaking team. For the past 3 years, we have been thrilled by the positive responses and humbled by the accolades we have received. Above all, we feel incredibly privileged to be trusted by the New Orleans Vietnamese American community with their story. Big shout outs to OneVietnam and Boat People SOS for sponsoring Monday’s online screening, and our immeasurable gratitude to the funders, supporters (especially VAYLA-NO & MQVN-CDC), and many collaborators.

Re-Broadcast on Aug 25th

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES is returning to TV this August for an encore presentation as a part of the Global Voices series on the World Channel, marking the 8th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

WHEN:    Sunday, August 25th, 2013
WHERE:  On World Channel, 10:30pm (check your local listings)

November Screenings

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Hi Everyone,

Happy Fall everyone! We have a number of screenings this November. You know the drill, take a peek and spread the word:



WHAT: FREE Screening at UC Santa Cruz 
WHEN: Wednesday, 11/2 @ 6pm (PST)
WHERE: Cervantes and Velasquez Room, Third Floor, Bay Tree Building

Screening followed by discussion with director/producer S. Leo Chiang. Event presented by the Asian American/ Pacific Islander Resource Center.



WHAT: Screening at the Sheldon Museum of Art
WHEN: Tuesday, 11/8 @ 7pm (CDT)
WHERE: Sheldon Museum of Art in the Ethel E. Abbott Auditorium @ 12th & R Streets, Lincoln, NE 68588-0300

Screening followed by discussion. For more information, please contact Sharon L. Kennedy, Curator of Cultural and Civic Engagement at (402) 472-3541 or via email at



WHAT: FREE Screening presented by San Diego Asian Film Foundation
WHEN: Tuesday, 11/17 @ 6pm – 8pm (PST)
WHERE: Hoover High School Auditorium @ 4474 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115

Screening followed by discussion.



WHAT: FREE Screening at NYU
WHEN: Friday, 11/18 @ 6:30pm – 9:30pm (EST)
WHERE: Cantor Film Center at NYU @ 36 E 8th St., Between University Place and Greene St., New York, NY 10003

Screening followed by discussion with Director/Producer S. Leo Chiang. Event presented by The Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University.

VERSAILLES nominated for an Emmy Award!!

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

We are proud to announce that A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES has been nominated for an Emmy Award, in the “Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story – Long Form” category. We are incredibly honored! Check out all the news & documentary Emmy nominees here.

We’re on Comcast On Demand for the month of July!

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Hope you enjoyed your Fourth of July holiday. After two years of screening A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES, people still approach me and ask, “Where can I see the film?” Today, I have a new answer to that question. Until the end of July, if you have Comcast Cable (a nationwide network), you can watch the film on Comcast On Demand in the comforts of your living room for the bargain price of $1.99!

Here’s how to find a A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES on your TV:

1. Go to your digital cable menu, click on the “On Demand” button, and then look under the “Movies” folder.
2. Next, there will be a “Movie Collections” folder and inside of this viewers will find “Cinema Asian America.”
3. Click on “Make Do Say Think” folder and you will find Village/Versailles.
4. Click play and enjoy!

If you can’t find the film that way, you can always search for A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES, by typing in the title of the film using your remote control. Or, to add us to your Comcast On Demand cue from your computer, click here to do so.

Also happening this month, I will be traveling to Bahrain to screen the film with the American Documentary Showcase. To keep everyone informed on the latest events, I will be posting frequent updates to our Facebook page and Twitter, so stay tuned.

June & July 2011 Updates–We’re headed to New Orleans & Bahrain!

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Hi Everyone,

We’re starting off the summer strong. Last week, we took part in the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in New Orleans. And later this month, we are back in New Orleans at the 2011 American Library Association Annual Meeting.



WHAT: Screening/Discussion at the 2011 ALA Annual Meeting presented by the Anthropology and Sociology Section
WHEN: Sunday, 6/26 @ 8am-12pm
WHERE: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Room 356-357

Screening followed by panel discussion about how the residents of the region responded to the disaster, but also the ways communities began to rebuild. Panel participants include: S. Leo Chiang; Rebecca Troy-Horton, head of the Government Information Department at the McNeese State University Library in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and Frederick Weil, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

WHAT: Screening/Discussion at the 2011 ALA Annual Meeting presented by the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association
WHEN: Sunday, 6/26 @ 10:30am-12pm
WHERE: Morial Convention Center – Rm 287

Screening followed by a panel discussion comprised of local librarians and community organizers who are featured in the film. The panel discussion will focus on how library resources have helped the community after a crisis and the challenges for a community with the destruction of their local library.

WHAT: Versailles Village Bus Tour & Luncheon presented by the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association
WHEN: Friday, 6/24 @ 11:30am-4:30pm
WHERE: Pick up and drop off at W Hotel, 333 Poydras Street New Orleans, LA 7013

The tour will be led by Minh Nguyen, the Executive Director of the Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association (VAYLA).


And in July, I am excited to be heading to Bahrain with the American Documentary Showcase, where the American Embassy has invited us to screen the film. The film will screen at the Bahrain Cinema Club on July 10th and 11th. And, on July 12th and 13th, Lois Vossen, Series Producer for PBS Independent Lens, and I will lead a workshop for young Bahraini and Saudi filmmakers emphasizing the power and importance of nonfiction media. The current political climate of Bahrain (to learn more, check out the BBC’s country profile of Bahrain), combined with the themes of community organizing and civic engagement present in A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES, should make for an interesting dialogue with the audience. To keep everyone informed on the latest events, I will be posting frequent updates to our Facebook page and Twitter, so now is a good time to check it out.

And lastly, don’t forget Father’s Day is June 19th. Consider the A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES DVD as a gift for Dad!

Support the Viet Am fishers; plus AAAS Conference in NOLA

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

A year has passed since the Gulf Coast oil spill, and the BP claims process continues to delay restitution for Vietnamese American fisherpeople. MQVN CDC is once again leading the charge for justice. You can help by signing their petition for a fair and prompt resolution. To learn more, check out this The New York Times article, which features Tuan Nguyen, Deputy Director of MQVN CDC.

Another New Orleans organization featured in A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES, Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association (VAYLA) is celebrating their 5th anniversary with a Heritage and Hope Gala on Saturday, May 21. Join them in paying tribute to those who have empowered and created positive social change for the Asian Pacific Islander American and New Orleans communities.

Finally, we have been invited to participate in the Association of Asian American Studies Conference in New Orleans this month:


WHAT: Screening/Discussion at the Association of Asian American Studies Conference
WHEN: Thursday, 5/19 @ 4:30-6pm
WHERE: Sheraton Hotel, 500 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, Room: Rhythms 2

Screening followed by panel discussion with Director Leo Chiang; Minh Thanh Nguyen, VAYLA;  Diem Nguyen, MQVN CDC; moderated by Linda Trinh Vo, UC Irvine.

WHAT: Asian American Filmmakers Panel at the Association of Asian American Studies Conference
WHEN: Friday, 5/20 @ 1-2:30pm
WHERE: Sheraton Hotel, 500 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, Room: Nottoway

Filmmakers’ Roundtable: Art, Activism, and the Role of Asian American Documentaries in the 21st Century Marketplace. Chair: Larry Hashima, Cal State University-Long Beach; Panel includes Leo Chiang; Deann Borshay Liem, Katahdin Productions; Anita Chang, University of California-Santa Cruz; Russell Jeung, San Francisco State University; Valerie Soe, San Francisco State University.

Hope to see you all in NOLA.

April 2011 Update – Screening in Bali Plus More!

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Hi Folks,

It’s been a year and a half since A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES began its festival run. We are thrilled and grateful that the film continues to travel, and new audiences continue to learn about the amazing story of the New Orleans Vietnamese American community for the first time.

In March we screened at the South East Asian American Studies Conference, College of San Mateo APA Film Festival, University of Florida, and Harvard University. We appreciate the support we received at each of these screenings. This month, the film will travel to Bali for the Global Social Change Film Festival. So if you happen to be in need of a vacation and find yourself in Bali, make sure to catch the screening!

Here are our April screenings. We will also be updating the website and Facebook page with new screening information as it comes.


WHAT: University of Michigan Screening
WHEN: Tuesday 4/05 @ 7:00pm-8:30pm
WHERE: North Quad- Multicultural Lounge, 503 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109

Free food provided and Q&A with Director S. Leo Chiang via Skype


WHAT: FREE UNC Charlotte Screening
WHEN: Wednesday 4/06 @ 11:00am-12:00 pm
WHERE: Student Union Room 200, 9201 University City Blvd, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28223


WHAT: FREE Global Social Change Film Fest
WHEN: Sunday 4/13 @ 10:30pm
WHERE: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

We are one of 8 finalists screening at the festival and institute for its inaugural year.


WHAT: White Privilege Conference
WHEN: Wednesday 4/13 @ 7-8:30pm
WHERE: Sheraton Bloomington Hotel, 7800 Normandale Blvd, Minneapolis, MN, 55439


WHAT: FREE Good Look Film Festival
WHEN: Wednesday 4/13-17
Mission High School, 3750 18th Street, San Francisco, CA, 94114
California College of the Arts, 5212 Broadway, Oakland, CA, 94618


WHAT: FREE UWM Screening
WHEN: Thursday 4/14 @ 6:00pm
WHERE: Union Fireside Lounge, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd, Milwaukee, WI, 53201


WHAT: FREE Community Screening @ The Green Project
WHEN: Thursday 4/21 @ 7:00p,-10:00pm
WHERE: The Green Project, 2831 Marais Street, New Orleans, LA, 70117


WHAT: FREE UC Berkeley Screening
WHEN: Thursday 4/28 @ 7:30pm-9:30pm
WHERE: 2060 Valley Life Sciences Building, Bancroft Way and Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94704

Director S. Leo Chiang to Attend


WHAT: Southern California Grantmakers Screening
WHEN: Tuesday 4/26 @ 5:30pm-7:30pm
WHERE: Downtown Independent, 251 South Main Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90012

Director S. Leo Chiang to Attend

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