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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