Deepak Rauniyar
White Sun

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DEEPAK RAUNIYAR received support for White Sun, an 89-minute long drama about life in a Nepali Mountain Village in the wake of a decade-long armed conflict. 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 rumored to be his son. Chandra must face his brother Suraj, who was on the opposing side during the Nepali 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.

About Deepak Rauniyar

Deepak Rauniyar was born in Saptari, Nepal. His micro-budget debut feature, Highway, premiered at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival and was the first Nepali film ever to screen at a major international festival. The film is credited with starting a new wave of Nepali cinema focused on the reality of post-conflict life in the landlocked nation. His second feature, White Sun, premiered at the 2016 Venice and Toronto Film Festivals to rave reviews calling it "an impressively accomplished second feature" that skillfully explores personal and social frictions in a small mountain village after the civil war (Hollywood Reporter). The film won Interfilm Award at Venice and Silver Screen Award for Best Asian Feature film at Singapore International Film Festival  and has screened widely internationally. Deepak is an alumnus of the TIFF and Berlinale Talent Labs.

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