POV: Betrayal

Tue, 07/21/2009 - 10:00pm
Pictured: A camp photo of Thavi and family
Credit: Courtesy of Thavisouk Phrasavath
Filmed over two decades ago, The Betrayal is the Academy Award®-nominated directorial debut of renowned cinematographer Ellen Kuras in a unique collaboration with the film’s subject and co-director, Thavisouk (“Thavi”) Phrasavath. P.O.V: The Betrayal, airing Tuesday, July 21 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/ cable 1011/ cable 11), is the story of survival and the resilent bonds of family.

After the U.S. government waged a secret war in Laos during the Vietnam War, Thavi’s father and thousands of other Laotians who had fought alongside American forces were abandoned and left to face imprisonment or execution. Hoping to find safety, Thavi’s family made a harrowing escape to America, where they discovered a different kind of war. The documentary weaves ancient prophecy with personal testimony and stunning imagery.