P.O.V: The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)

P.O.V: The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 8:30pm

Refugee camp photograph of Orady, Thavisouk, and Sethy Phrasavath 1980

Credit: From The Betrayal, by Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath

A family's journey from war-torn Laos to the streets of New York reveals a story of survival and forgiveness.

Filmed over 23 years, The Betrayal, airing Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 8:30 p.m. on WXXI World (DT21.2/cable 524), 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. 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. Weaving ancient prophecy with personal testimony and stunning imagery, The Betrayal is a story of survival and the resilient bonds of family.