The Betrayal - Nerakhoon
The Betrayal - Nerakhoon (2008)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 21, 2008
DVD Release Date: September 1, 2009
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ty Burr
Boston Globe

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.

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

A doc that wears its viewpoint on its sleeve -- but a viewpoint worth watching

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Stan Hall

The film's searing emotionalism is enhanced by lovely camerawork and a magnificent violin score.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) is a remarkable achievement, haunting the viewer long after it ends.

Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

[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.

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Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Betrayal puts a human face and name on the term collateral damage and expands its definition in the process.

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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Andrew O'Hehir

The filmmakers have created a shimmering, absorbing experience that's both specific and general, both concrete and abstract.

Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...meditative images from renowned cinematographer Kuras skillfully mixed with archival footage, stills and talking heads by editor Thavi into a story with so many shocks and ironies that it resonates in waves after the telling.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]Directed by Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath, "The Betrayal" is a moving documentary, 23 years in the making. Generally, the… More