Independent Lens "A Village Called Versailles"

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 7:00pm
An elderly Versailles gardener takes a moment away from her work, 2006.

Credit: Lucas Foglia/ITVS

A successful fight by New Orleans’ Vietnamese refugee community against the opening of a toxic government-imposed landfill.

Tucked away on the eastern edge of New Orleans, a community of Vietnamese refugees has thrived for 30 years in a neighborhood they call Versailles. This film recounts the residents’ successful fight against the opening of a toxic government-imposed landfill after Hurricane Katrina struck and transformed their neighborhood. By Leo Chiang.

Independent Lens: A Village Called Versailles airs Friday, May 9, 2014 at 7 p.m. on WXXI World.

Encompassing the full spectrum of film — from history to drama to animation to shorts to social-issue films — this anthology series allows audiences greater access to powerful and innovative programs united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement and unflinching visions of their independent producers. Maggie Gyllenhaal hosts.

This program is offered with Descriptive Video (DVi), which provides concise descriptions of the sets, scenery, costumes, action, and other important visual elements between the dialogue of the program.