A Village Called Versailles, an Independent Lens film

A Village Called Versailles, an Independent Lens film

Tue, 05/18/2010 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Don't miss the last of WXXI's Community Cinema events, a free monthly screening series featuring  films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens.

On Tuesday, May 18 at 7 p.m. WXXI will present its last Community Cinema screenings, A Village Called Versailles, a film by S. Leo Chiang. Welcome to Versailles, New Orleans––home to the densest ethnic Vietnamese population outside of Vietnam. For over 30 years, its residents lived a quiet existence on the edge of New Orleans. But then came Hurricane Katrina, the immense garbage piles and the shocking discovery of a toxic landfill planned in their neighborhood. Watch as they fight back, turning a devastating disaster into a catalyst for change and a chance to build a better future.

The screening, held at WXXI's Studios (280 State Street, Rochester, NY), will be followed by a Q&A with Palmyra native Mimi-Cristien Nguyen, who is featured in the film. In the film, she arrives in New Orleans after Katrina as a volunteer translator for FEMA, eventually getting involved in the Versailles community's struggle against the planned landfill. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. For more details, please call 585-258-0200.

The television broadcast of A Village Called Versailles airs Tuesday, May 25 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011 & 11).