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Documentary Shows Vietnamese Family’s Escape from War
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City University will close its 12th annual Documentary Film Series at 2 p.m. April 25 with Ellen Kuras’ “The Betrayal.” The screening is free to the public and will take place in the Kerr McGee Auditorium in the Meinders School of Business at N.W. 27th Street and McKinley Avenue. “The Betrayal” tells the story of a Laotian family that escapes to the U.S. during the Vietnam conflict. The film’s main character and co-director Thavisouk Phrasavath and his family made the courageous decision in hopes of finding safety. It takes place as the U.S. government waged a secret war in the neighboring country of Laos during the Vietnam War. When the U.S. withdrew, thousands of Laotians who fought alongside American forces were left behind to face imprisonment or execution. Harbour Winn, director of OCU’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature, said the documentary shows the difficulties of being in exile and of the far-reaching consequences of war. He called the film a “testament to the resilient bonds of family and an astonishing tale of survival.” OCU’s documentary series is titled “Regaining Civility.” It features films about people who are dedicated to making positive changes in the world around them. Winn said the documentaries are intended to inspire viewers to rally for good causes. “These stories show how people can rise against the odds and serve a purpose higher than themselves,” Winn said. “They are incredible, heartwarming stories of perseverance of the human spirit. After seeing these films, it is difficult not to be inspired to make a difference.” Winn chose a famous quote by spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi to serve as the theme for the series: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” OCU’s Documentary Film Series is funded by the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment Fund. Visit www.okcu.edu/film-lit/ for more information, or contact Winn at (405) 208-5472 or hwinn@okcu.edu.