by Deepak Rauniyar
When his father dies, anti-regime partisan Chandra must travel 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’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.
2016 WHITE SUN
Chandra – Dayahang Rai
Durga – Asha Magrati
Surja – Rabindra Singh Baniya
Pooja – Sumi Malla
Badri – Amrit Pariyar
Director Deepak Rauniyar
Screenwriters Deepak Rauniyar & David Barker
Director of Photography Mark O'Fearghail
Editor David Barker
Music Vivek Maddala
Sound Jaap Sijben
Sound Designer Leandros Ntounis
Production Design Menuka Rai & Akki Thekpa
Co-producers Jan Van Der Zanden, Ineke Kanters, Guusje Van Dueren
Producers Deepak Rauniyar, Joslyn Barnes, Tsering Rhitar Sherpa, Michel Merkt
Format DCP / colour / 2.39:1 / 5.1
Length 89 min.
Original Language Nepali