The Betrayal In 1981, Thavisouk Phrasavath, his mother, and eight siblings — all survivors of the war in Laos — arrived in Brooklyn, where they'd been promised… The Betrayal In 1981, Thavisouk Phrasavath, his mother, and eight siblings — all survivors of the war in Laos — arrived in Brooklyn, where they'd been promised… 2008-11-21 Unrated PT96M Documentary The Cinema Guild
Movie Review

The Betrayal (2008)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
The Betrayal | FAMILY TIES A son of Laotian immigrants learns his long-absent father is alive in documentary The Betrayal
FAMILY TIES A son of Laotian immigrants learns his long-absent father is alive in documentary The Betrayal
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Limited Release: Nov 21, 2008; Rated: Unrated; Length: 96 Minutes; Genre: Documentary; Distributor: The Cinema Guild

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–

Originally posted Nov 19, 2008 Published in issue #1023 Nov 28, 2008 Order article reprints
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