White Sun

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White Sun
Poster of the movie
Film poster
सेतो सुर्य
Directed by Deepak Rauniyar
Produced by Deepak Rauniyar
Joslyn Barnes
Tsering Rhitar Sherpa
Michel Merkt
Written by Deepak Rauniyar
David Barker
Starring Dayahang Rai
Rabindra Singh Baniya
Music by Vivek Maddala
Cinematography Mark Ó'Fearghail
Edited by David Barker
Release date
  • 6 September 2016 (2016-09-06) (Venice Film Festival)
Running time
89 minutes
Country Nepal/ USA/ Qatar/ Netherlands
Language Nepali

White Sun or Seto Surya is a 2016 drama war biographical film directed by Deepak Rauniyar. Written by Deepak Rauniyar, David Barker and Produced by Joslyn Barnes, Danny Glover, Tsering Rhitar Sherpa, and Deepak Rauniyar, under the banner of Aadi Productions with Louverture Films, The Bertha Foundation, Doha Film Institute, The Film Kitchen, Hubert Bals Fund, Mila Productions, Netherlands Fund for Film and Worley Works. The film stars Dayahang Rai and Rabindra Singh Baniya in the lead roles alongside with Asha Magrati, Sumi Malla, Amrit Pariyar, Deepak Chetri and Deshbhakta Khanal. The film is based on Nepalese Civil War's conflict between royalists and Maoists.

It world premiered in the Horizons section at the 73rd edition of the Venice Film Festival.[1] It was later screened at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.[2] It was selected as the Nepali entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.[3]


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...


  • Dayahang Rai as Agni / Chandra
  • Asha Magrati as Durga
  • Rabindra Singh Baniya as Suraj
  • Sumi Malla as Pooja
  • Amrit Pariyar as Badri
  • Deepak Chetri as Priest
  • Deshbhakta Khanal as Uncle


Awards Category Recipient(s) Outcome
Fribourg International Film Festival Audience award Deepak Rauniyar (director) Won
Don Quixote Award Deepak Rauniyar (director) Won
Ecumenical Jury Award Deepak Rauniyar (director) Won
Special Mention Deepak Rauniyar (director) Won
Grand Prix Deepak Rauniyar (director) Nominated
Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards Best Asian Film Deepak Rauniyar (director) Nominated
Palm Springs International Film Festival New Voices/New Visions Grand Jury Prize Deepak Rauniyar (director) Won
International Film Festival Rotterdam KNF Award Deepak Rauniyar (director) Nominated
Singapore International Film Festival Best Film Deepak Rauniyar (director) Won
Venice Film Festival Interfilm Award Deepak Rauniyar (director)
Aadi Productions (production company)
Louverture Films (production company)
Waterland Film (co-production)
Match Factory, The (distributor)
Best Film Deepak Rauniyar (director) Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Neil Young (5 September 2016). "'White Sun' ('Seto Surya'): Film Review Venice 2016". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Cameron Bailey. "White Sun - Seto Surya". TIFF. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Bhushan, Nyay (21 August 2017). "Oscars: Nepal Selects 'White Sun' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 

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