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Versailles, a tight-knit neighborhood on the edge of New Orleans, is home to the densest ethnic Vietnamese population outside of Vietnam.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, residents rebuild their homes — only to have them threatened by a toxic landfill planned in their neighborhood. As the community fights back, it turns a devastating disaster into a catalyst for change.

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The Making Of:

“Because there was so little mainstream media coverage of the Vietnamese American stories during the Katrina disaster, we had to really dig deep to find the images of the Vietnamese American evacuees.”   More >>

The Filmmaker:

“Keep thinking about your audience for the film you want to make — who they are, where they are, what they are interested in, and why. Knowing who you are telling your stories to will make you a better storyteller.”   More >>
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