In her new documentary The Queen of Versailles, photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield (THIN, Kids + Money) looks at the Great Recession from a different point of view... the super-rich. Time share magnate David Siegel and his wife Jackie are building the biggest house in America, modeled after the Palace of Versailles. But their image of affluence is punctured when the economic downturn hits, forcing them to make do with less and reassess their American dream. Hear Greenfield talk to Jian in Studio Q about this striking film... and what the experience of the Siegels says about us.
The Queen of Versailles is showing as part of the Hot Docs film festival in Toronto. Check out a clip from the documentary below.