Laotian Americans, Political refugees.
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 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.
Hot Docs collection
Narration in English; interviews in Lao with English subtitles.
B487 2008 DVD
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Kuras, Ellen, “The betrayal,” NSCAD Visual Resources Collection, accessed July 26, 2017, http://nscadvrc.omeka.net/items/show/11859.