Have you heard the story of former Congressman Joseph Cao, the first Vietnamese American elected to the US Congress, and the only non-white Republican in the 111th Congress?
The CAAM produced documentary Mr. Cao Goes to Washington (directed by Leo Chiang, winner of SFIAAFF ‘10 Documentary Audience Award for A Village Called Versailles) follows his journey, as he navigates the racial politics of the American South and the partisan battles of Washington DC. While in the House, Mr. Cao speaks frequently about overcoming partisan divides and racial differences. He also gains the reputation of being the most liberal Republican in the House, notably being the only Republican to vote for President Obama’s Health Care Reform Bill.
Listen to NPR Interview : ‘Mr. Cao’ Recalls Rookie Congressman’s Unlikely Rise
Director S. Leo Chiang sits down with Guy Raz for an in-depth interview about the film on NPR’s All Things Considered.
Since it’s World Premiere at the 30th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, Mr. Cao Goes to Washington has screened in theaters across the country, picking up the Inspiration Award at Full Frame Doc Festival and Best Documentary Award at the DC APA Film Festival, while being selected for numerous festivals across the country!
As the election season heats up, what better way to engage in a discussion on our political realities and overcoming partisan divides by checking out the film with a friend? Catch it at one of these screenings before the election.
WHAT: DC APA Film Festival, Opening Night Film
WHEN: Thursday, October 4, 7pm
WHERE: E Street Landmark, in Washington DC
*followed by the opening nite reception, Asia Nine next to the E St Landmark
**RIGHT NOW —–> The DC APA Film Fest is offering a $5 discount through Facebook.
Hot Springs, AR
WHAT: Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
WHEN: October 12-21
New Orleans, LA
WHAT: New Orleans Film Festival
WHEN: Sat, October 13, 2:30pm
WHERE: Prytania Theater
WHAT: Hawaii International Film Festival
WHEN: Sun, October 14, 7:15pm & Thurs, October 18, 4:15pm
WHERE: Dole Cannery
WHAT: Austin Film Festival
WHEN: Sat, October 20, 7:30pm & Tues, October 23, 6pm
WHERE: Sat @ Austin Convention Center, Screen 2 & Tues @ Texas Spirit Theatre
WHAT: Boston Asian American Film Festival, Centerpiece Film
WHEN: Sat, October 27, 7pm
San Diego, CA
WHAT: San Diego Asian Film Festival
WHEN: Fri, Nov. 2nd @ 4pm and Weds, Nov. 7th @ 6pm
WHERE: UltraStar Mission Valley, 7510 Hazard Center Drive
***Director S. Leo Chiang will be in attendance
WHAT: Vancouver Asian Film Festival
WHEN: Sat, Nov. 3rd @ 11am
WHERE: Cineplex Odeon Int’l Village Cinemas
Fort Lauderdale, FL
WHAT: Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, Special screening, Election Day
WHEN: Tues, Nov. 6 @ 6pm
WHERE: Three screens in Fort Lauderdale! Cinema Paradiso , 503 Southeast 6th Street
***Wear your “I VOTED” sticker and get in free. Following the film, Cinema Paradiso will be showing CNN and Comedy Central election broadcasts on the big screens.
For more screenings and info, visit mrcaofilm.com