The Betrayal - Nerakhoon Reviews

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Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
½ November 24, 2008
[font=Century Gothic]Directed by Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath, "The Betrayal" is a moving documentary, 23 years in the making. Generally, the film is interested in the promise of the United States and how sadly it often goes unfulfilled, especially as it applies to the country and people of Laos, a near-forgotten part of the wars the United States was fighting in Southeast Asia until 1975.(Even though no American combat troops were on the ground in the country, there was still an incredible amount of bombs dropped.) As the larger history lesson is presented in the background illustrated by archival footage(of special note is Kennedy and Nixon both lying), the story of Thavisouk's family is told in the foreground. Thavisouk's father fought with the American supported guerrillas in favor of the royal government and against the Pathet Lao insurgency. When the United States left, the government fell and Thavisouk's father was sent to a reeducation camp while Thavisouk escaped across the Mekong River to relative safety in Thailand. His mother, fearing she was next, escaped but had to leave two of her daughters behind. The family reunited in Thailand before moving on to the United States. After fleeing the violence of war, they now had to face the violence of gangs on the streets of Brooklyn.[/font]
½ September 16, 2013
If this were a just world this documentary would be a 'sleeper,' but it has yet to be discovered. I can't add to the praise for this documentary. All I can write is that all of the praise is so well deserved.
½ January 23, 2009
2. The Betrayal(Nerhatoon) Sun Jan 11, 2009 Starz #7 2:20pm Chris A- 92 :fresh:

I liked this documentary. The pacing was slower than your average doc, but it ended up being a well conceived method of revealing surprising information and giving the story more density and complexity. It took 23 years for this movie to be made and that alone should be reason enough to see it. Although anyone interested in stories related to the aftermath of the Vietnam War, should definitely check this out.
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
½ November 24, 2008
[font=Century Gothic]Directed by Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath, "The Betrayal" is a moving documentary, 23 years in the making. Generally, the film is interested in the promise of the United States and how sadly it often goes unfulfilled, especially as it applies to the country and people of Laos, a near-forgotten part of the wars the United States was fighting in Southeast Asia until 1975.(Even though no American combat troops were on the ground in the country, there was still an incredible amount of bombs dropped.) As the larger history lesson is presented in the background illustrated by archival footage(of special note is Kennedy and Nixon both lying), the story of Thavisouk's family is told in the foreground. Thavisouk's father fought with the American supported guerrillas in favor of the royal government and against the Pathet Lao insurgency. When the United States left, the government fell and Thavisouk's father was sent to a reeducation camp while Thavisouk escaped across the Mekong River to relative safety in Thailand. His mother, fearing she was next, escaped but had to leave two of her daughters behind. The family reunited in Thailand before moving on to the United States. After fleeing the violence of war, they now had to face the violence of gangs on the streets of Brooklyn.[/font]
November 24, 2008
The film, mirroring the life of subject/filmmaker Thavi Phrasavath, exposes all of the devastating elements experienced and witnesses in his life yet it is his skill at editing that has allow these action to be exposed and acknowledged while not allowing them to dictate the soul of either the film or his life. Instead you will find, by design, a film and a person of peace and beauty.
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