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THE BETRAYAL (NERAKHOON)
Best Documentary Academy Awards & Independent Spirit Awards
"Quiet, contemplative and impressionistic, which makes the story it has to tell all the more powerful" -New York Times
"Refined, even delicate, filmmaking... Impressionistic and lyrical, as well as somber and gripping, The Betrayal conveys a ceaseless flow" -Village Voice
Critics' Pick! "Lyrical, expansive, unbearably beautiful" -New York Magazine
"Both exquisitely beautiful and emotionally compelling" -Los Angeles Times
"Brings an affecting personal dimension to a sprawling sociopolitical narrative" -Variety
½ "Lyrically crafted" -Chicago Sun-Times
"Powerful" -TimeOut Chicago
Recommended! -Chicago Reader
Filmed over 23 years, The Betrayal is the directorial debut of renowned cinematographer Ellen Kuras in a remarkable collaboration with the film's subject and co-director Thavisouk Phrasavath. Due in part to its geographic proximity to Vietnam, Laos went through fundamental upheaval in the years during and after the Vietnam War. The U.S. military dropped more bombs on Laos than it had used in both World Wars combined. The Communist takeover that filled the resulting chaos scattered thousands of families around the world. It's a tragic variation on a far-too-familiar story, and once again the damage is so broad and devastating that it is literally impossible to imagine the human impact. When the U.S. withdrew, thousands of Laotians who fought alongside American forces were left behind to face imprisonment or execution. One family, the Phrasavaths, made the courageous decision to escape to America. Hoping to find safety, they discovered a different kind of war. Epic in scope, yet devastatingly intimate, featuring an exquisite score by Academy Award winning composer Howard Shore, The Betrayal is a testament to the resilient bonds of family and an astonishing tale of survival.
Directed by Ellen Kuras & Thavisouk Phrasavath, 2008, U.S.A., 35mm, 96 mins. In English and Lao with English subtitles