The Betrayal – Nerakhoon
|The Betrayal — Nerakhoon|
Promotional film poster
|Directed by||Ellen Kuras
|Written by||Ellen Kuras
|Narrated by||Thavisouk Phrasavath|
|Music by||Howard Shore|
|Editing by||Thavisouk Phrasavath|
|Distributed by||The Cinema Guild|
|Running time||87 minutes|
The Betrayal — Nerakhoon is a 2008 documentary film directed by Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath. It is about an immigrant from Laos living in New York. The film centres on the families flight from Laos after the United States Secret War in Laos and the difficulty of assimilating into American life. Cultural obstacles encountered are presented through the medium of the break-up of the narrators' family, culminating in the death of a family member linked to gang warfare.
The Betrayal won the Spectrum Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (2008), and screened within such festivals as Maryland Film Festival. In 2009, The Betrayal – Nerakhoon was Nominated for an Oscar at the 81st Academy Awards for Best Documentary Features. Also in 2009, The Betrayal was nominated for an Independent Spirit Awards.
The Betrayal – Nerakhoon won the 2010 Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Award for Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking.
The film was released on home video by The Cinema Guild.
- Burr, Ty (2009-04-10). "The Betrayal". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-10-10.
- "2008 Sundance Film Festival Announces Films in Competition" (PDF). 2007-11-28. Retrieved 2008-01-07.
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