White Sun

Two brothers separated by political beliefs must come together to bury their father in this finely-crafted look at Nepal's difficult rebirth after decades of war and unrest.

11 years after civil war brought victory to Maoist insurgents and the abolition of monarchy, Nepal remains troubled by social and political division. In this richly metaphorical tale, rebel hero Chandra and his estranged Royalist brother Suraj are required by tradition to transport their father's body to a distant cremation site. Squabbles soon break out, leaving the corpse stranded. Unfolding against the backdrop of Nepal's struggle to achieve unity and prosperity, White Sun makes a powerful plea for understanding as the only way forward for people and the nation. Magnificent photography and well-timed shots of absurdist humour add the finishing touches to Deepak Rauniyar's outstanding Venice Film Festival award-winner.

Winner – Venice Film Festival Interfilm Award for Promoting Interreligious Dialogue

Rauniyar barely puts a foot wrong as director and co-writer of a tale that looks the state of things in Nepal through multi-generational eyes. – Richard Kuipers, Variety

Festival guest: Deepak Rauniyar


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Deepak Rauniyar

Nepal, USA, Qatar, Netherlands

89 mins

Nepali with English subtitles

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