Director: Deepak Rauniyar Starring: Dayahang Rai, Asha Maya Magrati, Rabindra Singh Baniya Run time: 89 mins | Recommended Certificate: 12A Language: Nepali with English Subtitles | Year: 2016 | Country: Nepal, Qatar, US, Netherlands
Laced with humour, this powerful drama sees an anti-regime partisan confront physical, social and political obstacles for his father’s funeral. His search for a solution takes him to neighbouring mountain villages where he encounters the police and rebel guerrillas. This searing portrait of post-civil war Nepal has been lauded the world over, winning awards at the Venice, Palm Springs and Singapore film festivals.
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.