Friday, May 21, 2010
"The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)" a film by Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath. Shot over twenty-five years, this documentary captures the effects of war on family, country and home. Laos lies between Vietnam and Thailand, was politically neutral during the Vietnam war, but the United States had a secret (at the time denied) airforce base, which launched one of the worst bombing campaigns known to military history. So what happens when the U.S. uses a country for it's strategic position, divides the people, and then packs up and leaves when all has failed? Nothing. This film is poetic, at times vague (not a bad thing), and is sequenced with 25 years of footage, a rarity these days. It follows Thavisouk Phrasavath (the co-writer/director), as he illustrates the importance of family, culture, and unity, something that is seriously lacking in North America. I won't give away too much, I recommend you see it for yourself.