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.
2007 / USA / Colour / in English & Lao with English subtitles / 1.78 anamorphic presentation / Dolby Digital 5.1 / 92 minutes
Directors: Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath
Nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Documentary
Winner of an Emmy Award (Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking)
"Gripping" - J.Hoberman, The Village Voice
“Packs an emotional wallop” - David Ansen, Newsweek
"An engrossing heartbreaker" - Ty Burr, The Boston Globe
- 1.78 anamorphic presentation
- Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack
- Audio Commentary by Director Ellen Kuras and Executive Producer Cara Mertes
- Q&A interview with Director Ellen Kuras and Co-Director Thavisouk Phrasavath
- Conversation with Director Ellen Kuras and Composer Howard Shore
- Archival Footage and Selected Newreels
- Additional montage footage of Laos
- Excerpts of Thavisouk's First Interview
- Omitted Scene
- Thavisouk Returns To Laos
- Photo Gallery and Filmmakers Biographies
- Theatrical Trailer
Product Number: KNS 50177
UPC Number: 8-81751-50177-6