Title: The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)
Director: Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath
Awards already won: 1 win, two nominations
Summary: The life of Laotian immigrant Thavisouk Phrasavath serves as a metaphor for the far-reaching repercussions that are still felt from America's involvement in the Vietnam War. When his family suffered persecution following the U.S. withdrawal from Southeast Asia as a result of his father's work for the CIA, Phrasavath's mother fled with eight of her ten children to a life of poverty in Brooklyn (From the Oscars website).
Personal Hype: The dark horse candidate for best documentary. Ellen Kuras’ film captivates in a way Errol Morris’ films held audiences. It lacks a major U.S. following and boasts even fewer awards, but the story is both well known and totally unique: a perfect combination for a potential Oscar winner in this category.