Thursday, July 1, 2010

Updated biography for Thavisouk Phrasavath

2009 Academy Award (Oscar) and Film Independent Spirit Award nominated Thavisouk Phrasavath is an accepted member of WGAW (Writer Guild of America West). Also a creative consultant for Film and Television and other media. Thavi has directed documentaries, dramatic short and music video for independent record label and artists, published poetry and won awards for paintings and illustrations. Author of the upcoming book “Step Out of the Womb” (Memoir of the journey to land where the sun fall) and “Old seed on The Soil” (Planting Generation) and a new screenplay for his upcoming feature “Lover Beloved”. His background in community work includes assisting Gang Prevention for Youth and Family Crisis Intervention and working with the police as a liaison and consultant for the Lao community. Thavi has consulted for the New York City Board of Education. The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) was the film that he was both subject and a filmmaker.

1 comment:

  1. Hello:

    I only learned about Thavisouk this week when I noticed on a video rack at a "Blockbuster" video store the movie "The Betrayal". The cover shows a familiar face and a Laotian name. I bought the movie and watched it twice with my wife. I can positively relate to many of the experience Thavi is talking about. My sister too, was sent to re-education camp simply a neighbour reported that she did something. Even to this day she still does not know what her crime was. Also, I often heard about my mother speaks about her two children (my oldest brother and 2nd oldest sister) she left behind. The pain and guilt is like what Thavi's mother described, will always be with her...

    Like Thavi said, often when I am asked where I came from and with my answer "Laos", people will then look at me blank with a question: "Where is that?"

    Thanks for making this movie. It gives us Laotians a voice and with it, our stories told...

    Samson (Somphon) Young
    Ottawa, Canada