White Sun

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Nepal | 2016 | 89 minutes | Deepak Rauniyar

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Deepak Rauniyar’s potent drama of overcoming divisions in post-civil war Nepal follows a Maoist rebel, returning to a remote mountain village to bury his Royalist father, who struggles to reconnect with his estranged family, forgotten friends, and nonconformist ex-wife.

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It's typical for a son to rebel against his father at some point. However, most youthful rebellion is personal, not political. In White Sun, the second feature film by Nepali director Deepak Rauniyar, Chandra, a Maoist rebel, returns home to bury his Royalist father. After years away from his home village, he is forced to face those he left long ago, including old friends, family, and his ex-wife. Consequently, conflicts arise—both personal and political. Throughout the extensive burial process, Chandra's relationship with his village is slowly redeemed. While the process is emotionally strenuous, it ultimately brings a much-needed sense of peace and resolution. White Sun possesses an undeniable realism; disputes between characters evoke immeasurable tension, and the positive moments provide an equally relatable sense of tenderness. The film exposes us to a nation undergoing a difficult transition and relationships that parallel this. White Sun reminds us of the profound impact reconciliation can have, not just in our personal lives, but for the world. 

Director Biography

Deepak Rauniyar's feature film debut, Highway, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival (Panorama, 2012), and was the first Nepali film ever to screen at a major international festival. Highway provoked a tumultuous response in Nepal with its realistic characters and their taboo-shrouded issues. The film opened the New York MoMA's 2013 ContemporAsian series and received a run to enthusiastic crowds. White Sun is Deepak's second feature.

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  • Director: Deepak Rauniyar
  • Principal Cast: Dayahang Rai, Asha Maya Magrati, Rabindra Singh Baniya, Sumi Malla
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Nepal, USA, Qatar
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 89 minutes
  • Producer: Deepak Rauniyar, Joslyn Barnes, Tsering Rhitar Sherpa, Michel Merkt
  • Screenplay: Deepak Rauniyar, David Barker
  • Cinematographers: Mark O'Fearghail
  • Editors: David Barker
  • Music: Vivek Maddala
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Highway (2012)
  • Language: Nepali
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: KimStim
  • International Sales: The Match Factory