THE BETRAYAL, the feature directorial debut of cinematographer Ellen Kuras, took 23 years to make. The film, about a family caught in the tides of war, is as much a history lesson about a little known part of the Vietnam War as it is a story of how co-director Thavisouk Phrasavath came to America at the age of 14 with his mother and nine siblings after his homeland, Laos fell to the Communists. As one might expect from a film directed by a famed cinematographer, THE BETRAYAL, is beautifully shot and visually poetic. Thavi's story is one of love, family, culture, betrayal, struggle, and, ultimately, survival and triumph. THE BETRAYAL is a powerful tale with a heart and soul you won't soon forget.
Ellen Kuras & Thavisouk Phrasavath
|Ellen Kuras (b. 1959) is an acclaimed cinematographer and has worked with directors as Michel Gondry and Jim Jarmusch. This is her debut as a director together with Thavisouk Phrasavath.|
Thavisouk Phrasavath has worked with in many different fields within filmproduction, consentrating mostly on editing. He has directed and edited music videos for different independent artists, is a published poet and has won awards for his paintings and illustration work.