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Download the discussion guide for the documentary The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) and use it for facilitating conversation about this film at home, in the classroom or at community screenings.

The Betrayal (Nerakhoon): Discussion Guide

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The Betrayal, a feature-length (82-minute) documentary, chronicles the family of Thavisouk Phrasavath. After the U.S. government waged a secret war in Laos during the Vietnam War, Phrasavath’s father and thousands of Laotians who had collaborated with American forces were abandoned and left to face imprisonment or execution. Hoping to find safety, Phrasavath’s family members made a harrowing escape to America, where, thrust into a confusing life of urban poverty, they discovered a different kind of war. As an outreach tool, The Betrayal offers a chance to explore the lasting human consequences that result when governments choose to wage war.

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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.”

&mdash New York Times

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