Archive for August, 2010

Katrina Five Year Anniversary Update

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

The five year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is upon us and I wanted you to know about the incredible work being done on the Gulf Coast to repair past and current damages. If you haven’t yet visited the sites of the Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation & Vietnamese American Young Leaders Assn.- New Orleans, please do so. We also recently partnered with VietUnity and their new group, Viet Gulf Coast Solidarity Network, for a screening of A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES. VGCSN is an Oakland-based grassroots organization working to aid the Vietnamese people of the Gulf Coast. If you are interested in knowing more about their organization and how you can help, join their facebook page, or email: vietgcsn@gmail.com.

Dozens of organizations and media groups have been trying to bring awareness to the current devastation in the Gulf Coast and how it is related to what happened five years ago. We wanted to share a few of the informative and poignant pieces we’ve found:

RADIO
NPR-
After Katrina, New Orleans Has A New Political Face

“I felt a compelling need to promote social change,” says Republican Rep. Joseph Cao. “I thought the best possible way for me to do that was to become politically involved.”

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PHOTOS
The Washington Post-
Vietnamese shrimpers face financial ruin after oil spill

Take a look at these beautiful images of Vietnamese-American shrimpers.

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VIDEO
The New York Times- The Shrimper Survivor

“Thuong Nguyen, a Louisiana shrimp fisherman, survived a treacherous trip from Vietnam and Hurricane Katrina. But now he worries that he may not make it through the gulf oil spill.”

I also wanted to let you know we have three A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES screenings coming up: two in San Francisco and one in North Carolina. Our associate producer, Brittney Shepherd also recently screened AVCV at the Goethe-Institut in Hanoi, Vietnam. Look for her comments on how it went in our next newsletter. Upcoming screening details:

SAN FRANCISCO, CA:

WHAT: SF Interfaith Council presents AVCV– FREE
WHEN : Friday 9/1 @ 7pm
WHERE : Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street, SF, CA 94118
INFO : Please RSVP
FACEBOOK EVENT : http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=136011043106918

Filmmaker S. Leo Chiang will participate in a discussion afterward.

CHARLOTTE, NC:

WHAT: Council on Foundations, Conference for Community Foundations
WHEN: Mon. 9/13 @8:30p
WHERE: Charlotte Convention Center, 501 South College Street, Charlotte, NC 28202, Room 216
INFO:  click HERE

Producer/Director Leo Chiang to present, along with Tin Nguyen, a Charlotte-based attorney and activist who has worked with Gulf Coast Vietnamese-American fisherfolk.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA:

WHAT: FREE Screening at the SF Public Library, Main Branch
WHEN : Tuesday 9/21 @ 6pm
WHERE : SF Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, SF, CA 94118
INFO : http://sfpl.org/
FACEBOOK EVENT : http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=152022044807894

A panel discussion on disaster preparedness including Associate Producer, Eva Moss, will follow. Members of VietUnity will also attend.

[Charlotte, NC] Council on Foundation Conf, Mon 9/13 @ 8:30p

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

WHAT: Council on Foundations Fall Conference for Community Foundations
WHEN: Monday September 13 @ 8:30-10p
WHERE: Charlotte Convention Center, 501 South College Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
INFO: click HERE

Producer/Director Leo Chiang to present.

[Hanoi, Vietnam] Goethe-Institut, Sat 8/21 @ 6pm

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

WHAT: Goethe-Institut Hanoi DocLab Screening
WHEN: Saturday Aug 21st @ 6pm
WHERE: Goethe-Institut Hanoi, 56-58 Nguyễn Thái Học, Ba Đình, Hà Nội
INFO: http://hanoigrapevine.com/2010/08/screening-of-a-village-called-versailles-at-doclab/

Our Vietnam premiere. Q & A with Associate Producer Brittney Shepherd.

SF Public Library, San Francisco, Tues. 9/21 @ 6pm

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

WHAT: FREE Screening at the SF Public Library, Main Branch
WHEN: Tuesday 9/21 @ 6pm
WHERE: SF Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, SF, CA 94118
INFO: http://sfpl.org/
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=152022044807894

A panel discussion on disaster preparedness will follow.

Jewish Community Center, San Francisco, Fr. 9/10 @ 7pm

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

WHAT: SF Interfaith Council presents A Village Called Versailles
WHEN: Friday 9/10 @ 7pm
WHERE: Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street, SF, CA 94118
INFO/RSVP: http://www.sf-interfaith.org/village_registration_form.html
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=136011043106918

Filmmaker S. Leo Chiang will participate in a discussion afterward.

American Documentary Showcase in Poland Th. 8/19 @ 4pm

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

WHAT: American Documentary Showcase Screening
WHEN: Thursday 19/8 @ 4pm
WHERE: Centrum Sztuki Impart, Wroclaw, Poland
INFO: http://krakow.usconsulate.gov/event0714floodwall.html
FACEBOOK EVENT: http://tinyurl.com/AVCVPoland

This screening will be part of Floodwall, an art installation comprised of 350 drawers by American artist Jana Napoli. It is a poignant testimony to the cataclysm that devastated New Orleans five years ago: on 29 August 2005. In an effort to commemorate the tragedy of the city and its residents, Napoli collected hundreds of drawers that had been spread among the debris in the water and mud, and reassembled them to create a piece of art intended as a monument to the victims.

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