A Village Called Versailles

Discovering the power of community, a small Vietnamese village recovering from one disaster fights back to prevent a new one.

A small community just outside of New Orleans, Versailles, is home to nearly 8,000 Vietnamese residents. After Hurricane Katrina wiped out their homes in 2005, they quickly worked to rebuild their homes and their lives.

After struggling to get back on their feet, with little help from the government, they soon became threatened by a new danger, a toxic landfill was slated to be built just two miles from their village. The residents came together to protest and fight back, protecting their community and raising their voices loud enough for people to hear them for the first time.

For more information on the film go to the PBS Independent Lens website.

  • from the Fall 2010 issue, .
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