A Village Called Versailles

"A Village Called Versailles" is about the transformation of the Vietnamese American community in post-Katrina New Orleans.

Award winning film to be shown at CSUEB before its PBS debut

  • May 13, 2010 3:30am

A Village Called Versailles will be shown at Cal State East Bay as part of a collaborative effort between Independent Television Service (ITVS) and Community Cinema.

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. This documentary by Leo Chiang 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. It will have its national television broadcast on PBS on May 25th as a part of the Independent Lens series.

View the film on May 20th at 12:00pm in the Diversity Center, located in the New Union.


California State University, East Bay is the San Francisco East Bay Area's high-access public university of choice. CSUEB serves the region with campuses in Hayward and Concord, a professional development center in Oakland, and an innovative online campus. With an enrollment of more than 14,000, the University offers a nationally recognized freshman year experience, award-winning curriculum, personalized instruction, and expert faculty. Students choose from among more than 100 professionally focused fields of study for which the University confers bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as an Ed.D. in education. Named a "Best in the West" college, as well as a Best Business School, by the influential Princeton Review, Cal State East Bay is among the region's foremost producers of teachers, business professionals and entrepreneurs, public administrators, health professionals, literary and performing artists, and science and math graduates.

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