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VIMFF: White Sun

VIMFF: White Sun

Presented by The UBC Himayala Program

Nepal’s official submission for Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards, WHITE SUN, followed by discussion and Q&A with filmmakers.

Tuesday, November 13
Doors 6:30 pm | Movie 7:30 pm

Advance tickets $17 HERE
*Minors permitted in the balcony. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Sorry, Rio Theatre Groupons and passes not accepted for this event.

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…

White Sun

Year of Production – 2016
Length – 89 min
Country of Origin – Nepal


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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