In 1981, Thavisouk Phrasavath, his mother, and eight siblings — all survivors of the war in Laos — arrived in Brooklyn, where they’d been promised a home by U.S. officials. Ellen Kuras’ documentary The Betrayal jumps between the ’80s, when the family struggled to make a go of it (Phrasavath, who helped shoot this footage, is credited as codirector), and the present, when Phrasavath learns that his father, a CIA recruit and victim of Laotian ”reeducation” camps, is still alive and has a family in Florida. The past-and-present layering is a lot more resonant — and less sketchy — than the film’s theme of ”betrayal,” both familial and governmental. B?
Genre: Documentary; Director: Ellen Kuras, Thavisouk Phrasavath; Author: Ellen Kuras, Thavisouk Phrasavath; Release Date Limited: 11/21/2008; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): 96; MPAA Rating: Unrated; Distributor: The Cinema Guild
Posted November 19 2008 — 12:00 AM EST
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