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P.O.V. | The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) | PBS

Duration: 02:34
Program: POV #2205
Broadcast Date: Jul. 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.

"The Betrayal" by Elen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath premieres on PBS Tuesday, July 21, 2009 (check local listings). 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. An Official Selection of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

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Post Date: July 16, 2009