MR. CAO GOES TO WASHINGTON
Director S. Leo Chiang | USA | 71 min
In 2009, Ang “Joseph” Quang Cao was the first Republican elected as representative of his district since 1890, and he became the first non-white Republican to enter Congress. He was also the only Republican to vote for President Obama’s Health Care Reform Bill. Dubbed the “Accidental Congressman,” Mr. Cao Goes to Washington depicts Mr. Cao’s life of strong work ethic, idealism, and political naivety.
Rather than being partisan, Mr. Cao Goes to Washington is a deeply moving and emotionally charged documentary about a man diving in head first into the fierce world of politics and attempting to swim. Since his previous acclaimed short “A Village Called Versailles” (2011, nominated for an Emmy Award, broadcast on PBS), director S. Leo Chiang has again depicted the Vietnamese-American community with extraordinary prowess and profound care. Mr. Cao Goes to Washington is listed as one of “The Six Full Frame Documentaries You Must See” by Indiewire and won the “Full Frame Inspiration Award.”
Community Partners: MEKONG
With a pre-screening reception hosted by: MEKONG