The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)

The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)

Directed by Ellen Kuras & Thavisouk Phrasavath, 96 minutes

Filmed over 23 years, The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) is the directorial debut of renowned cinematographer Ellen Kuras in a remarkable collaboration with the film’s subject and co-director Thavisouk 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.

Epic in scope yet devastatingly intimate, featuring an exquisite score by Academy Award winning composer Howard Shore, The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) is a testament to the resilient bonds of family and an astonishing tale of survival. Visit the film’s site at


“It’s an unforgettable journey, and listening to Thavi himself chart the course of his family through the film, one learns more than just a history lesson about Laos and Vietnam; Thavi’s story is about love, family, culture, betrayal, struggle, and, ultimately, survival and triumph, making Nerakhoon (The Betrayal) a powerful tale with a heart and soul you won’t soon forget.”
— Kim Voynar, Cinematical