MR. CAO GOES TO WASHINGTON
Directed by S. Leo Chiang
Inspiration Award, 2012 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Dubbed the “Accidental Congressman” from New Orleans, the political career of Ang “Joseph” Quang Cao is certainly an unlikely one. A survivor of the fall of Saigon, Cao sought to become a priest but fate had a different course for him: Capitol Hill.
As the first Vietnamese American in Congress, Cao’s surprise election in the heavily African American district in Louisiana was historic, marking the first time in more than 100 years that voters would send a Republican to represent them. With political stakes high, Cao naively placed his bets on bipartisanship.
Intimately familiar with the complicated political climate of post-Katrina New Orleans, MR. CAO GOES TO WASHINGTON, by filmmaker S. Leo Chiang (A Village Called Versailles, SDAFF ’10), provides a timely and captivating portrait of a political rookie whose idealism comes face-to-face with the reality of racial and partisan politics. –Lee Ann Kim
Co-presented by: Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC), Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA), CSUSM Asian Pacific Islander Faculty Staff Association (APIFSA), Harvard Club of San Diego, National Association of Asian American Professionals – San Diego (NAAAP-SD)