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The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)

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PBS Premiere: July 21, 2009


Filmed over 23 years, The Betrayal is the Academy Award-nominated directorial debut of renowned cinematographer Ellen Kuras in a unique collaboration with the film's subject and co-director, Thavisouk ("Thavi") Phrasavath. After the U.S. government waged a secret war in Laos during the Vietnam War, Thavi's father and thousands of other Laotians who had fought alongside American forces were abandoned and left to face imprisonment or execution. Hoping to find safety, Thavi's family made a harrowing escape to America, where they discovered a different kind of war. Weaving ancient prophecy with personal testimony and stunning imagery, The Betrayal is a story of survival and the resilient bonds of family. A Diverse Voices Project co-production with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB); funded in part by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). An Official Selection of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

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TAGS: asia, laos, vietnam war

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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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