In Nepal, the white sun in their flag signifies the fierce resolve of the Nepali people. A well-crafted allegory, this important film is the story of their passionate struggle for democracy.
Two brothers of opposing parties must bury their father, the leader of their village who wanted to die under the flag of the monarchy. While the old traditional men of the village lament that they are too old to carry the father’s body to the cremation site, the two brothers haggle over politics.
Tangental Nepali issues are represented by a beautiful woman, abandoned during the war, her fatherless daughter, who can’t attend school without a birth certificate, and a boy, orphaned by Maoists.
“The White Sun” – executive produced by actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover – is Nepal’s official submission for the Academy Awards Foreign Language Film. It is featured Monday, Feb. 26, at the 2018 Portland International Film Festival.
Director: Deepak Rauniyar
Writers: Deepak Rauniyar and David Barker
Producers: Deepak Rauniyar, Joslyn Barnes, Tsering Rhitar Sherpa and Michel Merkt
Co-Producers: Ineke Kanters, Jan Van Der Zanden and Guusje Van Deuren
Executive Producers: Danny Glover, Bertha Foundation, Susan Rockefeller, Worley Works, Jaime Mataeus-tique and Mita Hosali
Cast: Dayahang Rai, Asha M. Magrati, Rabindra Singh Baniya, Deshbhakta Khanal, Deepak Chhetri, Ganesh Munal and Sarada Adhikari with Sumi Mall and Amrit Pariyar
Photography: Mark O’Fearghail
Production Designes: Munuka Rai and Akki Thekpa
Editor: David Barker
Sound Mixer: Jaap Sijben
Music: Vivek Maddala
Costumes: Swechha Nakarmi and Sushant Shrestha
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