WHITE SUN (Narrative)


DVD with PPR _ $180.00




Asian Studies I Cinema Studies





A film from Nepal, premiering at the Venice international Film Festival 2016 (Winning the INTERFILM AWARD). Politically charged, socially conscious, the film features outstanding performances (by Dayahang Rai a Nepali’s super star) and sends a powerful message about the need for political tolerance.


When his father dies, anti-regime partisan Chandratravel to his remote mountain village after nearly a decade away. Little Pooja is anxiously awaiting the man she thinks is her father, but she’s confused when Chandra arrives with Badri, a young street orphan rumoured to be his son. Chandra must face his brother Suraj, who was on the opposing side during the Nepalese civil war. The two brothers cannot put aside political feelings while carrying their father's body down the steep mountain path to the river for cremation. Suraj storms off in a rage, leaving Chandra with no other men strong enough to help. Under pressure from the village elders, Chandra must seek help from outside the village to obey the rigid caste and discriminatory gender traditions he fought to eliminate during the war. Chandra searches for a solution in neighboring villages, among the police, guests at a local wedding, and rebel guerrillas...



"Deepak Rauniyar has the markings of a true master in his

powerful rural drama White Sun."

- Screen Slate


"Deepak Rauniyar, turns opposition into a structuring principle,

he creates a satisfyingly holistic work."

- Manohla Dargis, New York Times


"Nepali helmer Deepak Rauniyar's outstanding second feature is a powerful drama about people and a nation at the crossroads."

Veriety - Richard Kuipers


"The accomplished second feature from director Deepak Rauniyar (Highway) looks at a Nepali community caught at odds between tradition and progress. It takes in the internecine divisions that result from the aftermath of the civil war."

ScreenDaily - Wendy Ide


"The sky-high Himalayas and the aftermath of civil war cast equally dark shadows in White Sun (Seto Surya), an impressively accomplished second feature by Nepalese writer-director Deepak Rauniyar"

The Hollywood Rporter -  Neil Young

Film Info

2016 I 89 mins l Nepali with English Subtitles l  Nepal, USA, Qatar


Director_Deepak Rauniyar

Producers_Deepak Rauniyar, Joslyn Barnes,

Tsering Rhitar Sherpa, Michel Merkt

Screenplay_Deepak Rauniyar, David Barker

Editor_David Barker

Director of Photography_Mark O'Fearghail

Sound_Jaap Sijben

Music:_Vivek Maddala



New Directors New Films, New York 2017

Palm Springs International Film Festival 2017

(New Voices/New Visions Grand Jury Prize)

International Film Festival Rotterdam 2017

Busan International Film Festival 2016

Toronto International Film Festival 2016

Venice Film Festival 2016


Valladolid International Film Festival 2016

Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2016

Dubai International Film Festival 2016

Singapole International Film Festival 2016





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