The Betrayal - Nerakhoon (2008)

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In this documentary, filmmaker Thavisouk Phrasavath details the painful story of how he and his family faced hardship and poverty as Laotian refugees during the Vietnam War. Combining interviews and archival footage, Phrasavath explores not only the experience of betrayal that his family endured when they were forced to flee their homeland, but the larger scheme of geopolitics that put the events into play.
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Art House & International , Documentary , Special Interest
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Self-consciously poetic and shot within a luscious inch of its life, the film's also an engrossing heartbreaker: a family saga that spans continents, political administrations, and decades of travail to arrive at a harder, wiser place.

Full Review… | April 9, 2009
Boston Globe
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The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) is a remarkable achievement, haunting the viewer long after it ends.

March 12, 2009
Seattle Times
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The touching music (which includes quasi-choral chants) completes a film that, despite its tough subject matter, is life-affirming in the best possible way.

Full Review… | February 27, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
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A doc that wears its viewpoint on its sleeve -- but a viewpoint worth watching

Full Review… | January 20, 2009
I.E. Weekly
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[Betrayal's] saga, told with soul-stirring specificity, is also in a sense the history of 20th century bloodshed and dislocation, hauntingly anticipated in 5,000-year-old Lao prophecies.

Full Review… | January 16, 2009
Los Angeles Times
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The filmmakers have created a shimmering, absorbing experience that's both specific and general, both concrete and abstract.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
Salon.com
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Audience Reviews for The Betrayal - Nerakhoon

½

This documentary tells the story of the consequences to a family when America pulls out from Laos during the Vietnam era on a personal level. As you follow the family's story over a couple of decades from Laos to what happens when they come to live in the USA, you experience their struggles in both countries. Betrayal is seen from a political and personal level. There are some really nice touching moments in the film despite a depressing subject matter.

Peter Lee
Peter Lee
½

Awwww yeah. I saw this MONTHS ago with the directors doing a Q&A after too. It's great. very personal movie that gives you a lot of knowledge about a forgotten people during the Vietnam war.

James Shafie
James Shafie
½

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.

Paul Kane
Paul Kane

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