Award-winning cinematographer and first-time director Ellen Kuras draws a lyrical portrait of the tumultuous journey from Laos to the United States by co-director Thavisouk Phrasavath and his family.
Shortly after the 1975 communist takeover, Phrasavath and eight relatives escaped imminent persecution only to enter another quagmire of confusion and violence in Brooklyn. Following the family for more than 20 years as they attempt to reconcile their past with an unknown future, “The Betrayal” occasionally takes on more than it can achieve, yet its scope and visual poetics elevate it far above similar documentaries. (7:20 p.m. Sat. plus 3 p.m. Sun., St. Anthony. In Laotian, subtitled. 87 min.)