The big buzz for the Laotian community this month is the Oscars. Nerakhoon was nominated earlier this year, and we'll finally find out if this accalimed documentary will receive the nod it deserves.
“The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)” goes up against:
Of course, I've got a bias, but Nerakhoon honestly has very good odds of walking away with the Oscar this year.
This film fulfills all of the qualities of a good documentary: An engaging subject presented from a distinctive perspective, and qualities that transcend the historical to the artistic and the aesthetic without ever compromising.
I would classify this as a distinctly unique document of one family's experience through the war and resettlement years, one that thankfully also has meaning for both the Laotian and American culture, and for any community in a stage of existence as refugees.
And it is this unique aspect that I believe will carry it forward as an example of how documentaries can be made.
But we'll see on Oscar night! :)