An Academy Award®-nominated film about one Laotian family's harrowing escape to America after the Vietnam War.
Filmmakers Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath talk about The Betrayal, which took them 23 years to complete.
After the Americans withdrew from Laos, Thavi's father, who had helped the Americans, was taken away by the Communists.
The U.S. leaves Laos abruptly after it withdraws from Vietnam, leaving behind many Laotians who had helped the Americans.
Thavi's mother explains why Thavi's father, previously a soldier in the Royal Laos army, joined the Americans.
President Kennedy talks about the necessity of preserving Laos' neutrality during the Vietnam War.
Laos became the base for a secret U.S. air war in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War.
Two Laotian American youths talk about the pressures they face and why they have both joined gangs.
Watch Thavi and his bride get married in a Laotian wedding ceremony.
Thavi visits a Buddhist temple to pay his respects to a recently deceased friend, and undergoes a ceremony to be initiated as a monk.
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.