by Deepak Rauniyar


Nepal's official submission for Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards

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...

  •    FILM INFO

    Year: 2016

    Country:  Nepal | USA | Qatar | Netherlands

    Runtime: 89 mins

    Color: Color

    Language: Nepali

    Subtitles: English





    Deepak Rauniyar, Joslyn Barnes,

    Tsering Rhitar Sherpa, Michel Merkt

    Executive Producers:

    Danny Glover, Bertha Foundation,

    Susan Rockefeller, Jaime Mateus-Tique,

    Mita Hosali, Worley Works


    Deepak Rauniyar


    Deepak Rauniyar, David Barker

    Editor :

    David Barker

    Director of Photography

    Mark O'Fearghail


    Jaap Sijben


    Vivek Maddala




    Chandra – Dayahang Rai

    Durga – Asha Magrati

    Surja – Rabindra Singh Baniya

    Pooja – Sumi Malla

    Badri – Amrit Pariyar


  •    REVIEWS

    “[This] packed (and pictorially arresting) scenario is not only well-acted — from the kids to the elders — but handled with emotional intelligence and even eye-rolling humor.

    [It] speaks to Rauniyar’s narrative gifts regarding matters of his homeland.”

    - Robert Abelle, LA TIMES


    "Rauniyar and co-screenwriter David Barker deftly show how recent Nepalese history affects its most isolated citizens, and cinematographer Mark O’Fearghail’s unobtrusive naturalism captures the region's punishing poverty and exquisite beauty. "

    - Serena Donadoni, Village Voice


    "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."

     - Richard Kuipers,Veriety


    "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. And it ponders the near impossibility of getting the corpse of a fat man through a small, first floor window (the dogmatic village elders decree that it would be very inauspicious to take him through the door)".

     - Wendy Ide,ScreenDaily


    "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."

    -  Neil Young,The Hollywood Reporter




    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








    Deepak Rauniyar (b. 1978, Saptari, Nepal) became the first Nepali director to compete at a prestigious international film festival. His debut Highway world premiered at the Berlinale 2012 and also played at Locarno. In his own country, the social drama provoked a heated reaction due to the singularly realistic portrayal of the contemporary situation for much of the citizenry. Other Nepali directors followed Rauniyar’s example, choosing topics connected to issues facing a country crippled by long years of civil war. White Sun is his second feature and it has surpassed the festival success of his debut, with participation at the festivals in Venice, Toronto, Singapore, and Palm Springs, where the director took his first significant awards.




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