The Betrayal – Nerakhoon

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The Betrayal — Nerakhoon
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Promotional film poster
Directed by Ellen Kuras
Thavisouk Phrasavath
Written by Ellen Kuras
Thavisouk Phrasavath
Narrated by Thavisouk Phrasavath
Music by Howard Shore[1]
Cinematography Ellen Kuras
Edited by Thavisouk Phrasavath
Distributed by The Cinema Guild
Release date
  • January 21, 2008 (2008-01-21)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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 City. 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.

Film Festivals and Accolades[edit]

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 Award.

It was shown in the Documentary Competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.[2]

The Betrayal – Nerakhoon won the 2010 Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Award for Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking.

It also won Student Doc Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2012.


The film was released on home video by The Cinema Guild.


  1. ^ Burr, Ty (2009-04-10). "The Betrayal". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  2. ^ "2008 Sundance Film Festival Announces Films in Competition" (PDF). 2007-11-28. Retrieved 2008-01-07. 

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