Joseph Cao of New Orleans, LA
What happens when a Vietnamese American political rookie goes up against the realities of Southern racial politics and ultra-partisan struggles in Washington, DC? Directed by S. Leo Chiang, MR. CAO GOES TO WASHINGTON follows the unexpected journey of Representative Joseph Cao, a Vietnamese American Republican who scored a surprise victory when he was elected in a predominantly African American Democratic district in New Orleans. The first Vietnamese American ever elected to the U.S. Congress and the only non-white House Republican of the 111th Congress, Cao quickly made headlines as the only Republican to vote for President Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act. But will two years in Washington allow Cao to keep his integrity and idealism intact?