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Tues, Nov 13, 2018 | 7:30 | Rio Theatre

White Sun

Co-presented by the UBC Himalaya Program and Nepal Cultural Society of BC: A screening of White Sun followed by discussion and Q&A with the filmmaker. A gripping drama about conflict and redemption in Nepal.

Date, Time & Location:

Tues, Nov 13, 2018 | Rio Theatre
Doors 6:30pm – Show 7:30pm

The UBC Himalaya Program – https://himalaya.arts.ubc.ca/ – and the Nepal Cultural Society of British Columbia (NCSBC) – http://site.ncsbc.org/ – present a screening of White Sun – Nepal’s selection for the 90th Academy Awards ‘Best Foreign Language Film’. Director Deepak Rauniyar will be present for a Q&A – moderated by Mark Turin from the UBC Himalaya Program.

The Film

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White Sun

Director – Deepak Rauniyar
Year of Production – 2016
Length – 89 min
Country of Origin – Nepal

Nepal’s official submission for Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards.

When his father dies, anti-regime partisan Chandratravel 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…



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Deepak Rauniyar (b. 1978, Saptari, Nepal) became the first Nepali director to compete at a prestigious international film festival. His debut Highway world premiered at the Berlinale 2012 and also played at Locarno. In his own country, the social drama provoked a heated reaction due to the singularly realistic portrayal of the contemporary situation for much of the citizenry. Other Nepali directors followed Rauniyar’s example, choosing topics connected to issues facing a country crippled by long years of civil war. White Sun is his second feature and it has surpassed the festival success of his debut, with participation at the festivals in Venice, Toronto, Singapore, and Palm Springs, where the director took his first significant awards.


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