What happens when the idealism of a political rookie clashes with the realities of political culture in the American South and the partisan struggles in Washington, DC? Mr. Cao Goes to Washington follows the unexpected journey of Representative Joseph Cao, the first Vietnamese-American elected to the U.S. Congress and the only Republican to vote for President Obama’s Health Care Reform Bill.
About the filmmaker – S. Leo Chiang, Director
S. Leo Chiang is a Taiwan-born, San Francisco-based filmmaker. His previous film, the Emmy® Award-nominated A Village Called Versailles, about the transformation of the Vietnamese community in post-Katrina New Orleans, picked up eight film festival awards, aired on PBS Independent Lens, and has been acquired by more than 200 universities. Chiang is a lecturer in the Social Documentation program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is also an active member of New Day Films, the social-issue documentary distribution co-operative.
He received his MFA in film production from the University of Southern California.