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An Academy Award®-nominated film about one Laotian family's harrowing escape to America after the Vietnam War.

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Filmmakers Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath talk about The Betrayal, which took them 23 years to complete.

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After the Americans withdrew from Laos, Thavi's father, who had helped the Americans, was taken away by the Communists.

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The U.S. leaves Laos abruptly after it withdraws from Vietnam, leaving behind many Laotians who had helped the Americans.

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Thavi's mother explains why Thavi's father, previously a soldier in the Royal Laos army, joined the Americans.

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President Kennedy talks about the necessity of preserving Laos' neutrality during the Vietnam War.

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Laos became the base for a secret U.S. air war in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War.

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Two Laotian American youths talk about the pressures they face and why they have both joined gangs.

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Watch Thavi and his bride get married in a Laotian wedding ceremony.

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Thavi visits a Buddhist temple to pay his respects to a recently deceased friend, and undergoes a ceremony to be initiated as a monk.

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Filmmakers Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath talk about what has happened to Thavi's family, both in the United States and in Laos, since filming ended.

  • Updated on March 31, 2014

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Film Information

The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) (90 min.)

Premiere Date: July 21, 2009

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Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmakers: Ellen Kuras, Thavisouk Phrasavath Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Critical Acclaim | Press Release | Emmy Award Win | Academy Award Nomination

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Critical Acclaim

Haunting... a work of visual art.”

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