The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)

Director Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath
Genre Documentary
Runtime 96 minutes
Supplier Pandinlao Films
Festivals/Awards Academy Award® Nominee - Best Documentary Feature 2009
Release Date In theatres on May 11, 2010
DVD/Blu-ray available on May 11, 2010


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. During the Vietnam War, the United States government waged its own secret war in the neighbouring country of Laos. When the US 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.

Academy Award® Nominee - Best Documentary Feature 2009

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Press & Articles

“A remarkable journey from Laos to America” - The Boston Globe

“Convulsions of a Family and an Abandoned Country” - The New York Times

“'The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)' Offers a Phantasmagoria of Wartime Indochina” - The Village Voice

“Laotian family's 'Betrayal'” - San Francisco Chronicle

“Refugees’ Tale Took 23 Years to Tell ” - The New York Times

“'Betrayed' expressively shows how survivors are also victims of war ” - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“Strangers in a strange land” - Salon

“'The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)' Review” - Film Journal

“Our critic sat through 24 films at Sundance—here's what he enjoyed the most ” - Newsweek

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