Directed by: S. Leo Chiang 2011 | 72 min.

Section: Real Life

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere

Countries: United States

Languages: English

Genres: Asian American, Documentary, Politics


Sponsored by:

Flux Hawaii Magazine

The world of politics has been a historically non-diverse state of affairs, with the majority of political figureheads typically consisting of white males coming from somewhat typical backgrounds. MR. CAO GOES TO WASHINGTON paints a clear picture of American politics from the unique viewpoint of Joseph Cao, the first Vietnamese American to become a member of Congress.

Following his timeline as a New Orleans Congressman from the beginning of his first term to his struggles for reelection, MR. CAO GOES TO WASHINGTON is an absorbing character study of an idealist who must learn to deal with the racial and partisan politics of the South while still maintaining his own viewpoints and personal goals. His position as the only non-white member of the Republican Party in Congress puts him under the constant scrutiny of not only other congressman, but also the media and the public.

Investigating the harsh realities of bipartisanship and what it means to be a Republican (one representing a highly Democratic area), while also being a minority, MR. CAO GOES TO WASHINGTON explores the political campaign of an individual who has perhaps one of the most interesting stories in American politics.

Synopsis written by: Justin Albert


Sunday, October 14 7:15 PM Dole Cannery C Date Passed
Thursday, October 18 4:30 PM Dole Cannery C Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director S. Leo Chiang
Screenwriter S. Leo Chiang
Producer S. Leo Chiang
Executive Producer Stephen Gong
Cinematographer Bao Nguyen
Editor Matthew Martin

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