Anti-regime partisan Chandra confronts physical, social and political obstacles for his father's funeral. His search for a solution takes him to neighboring mountain villages and encounters with the police and rebel guerrillas. A portrait of post-civil war Nepal during the fragile deadlocked peace process.


Deepak Rauniyar
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Credited cast:
Dayahang Rai ... Agni / Chandra
Asha Magrati ... Durga (as Asha Maya Magrati)
Rabindra Singh Baniya Rabindra Singh Baniya ... Suraj
Sumi Malla ... Pooja
Amrit Pariyar Amrit Pariyar ... Badri
Sarada Adhikari Sarada Adhikari ... Shova
Deepak Chhetri Deepak Chhetri ... Priest
Deshbhakta Khanal Deshbhakta Khanal ... Uncle
Ganesh Munal Ganesh Munal ... Kaji
Pramod Agrahari Pramod Agrahari ... Policeman
Maotse Gurung Maotse Gurung ... Guerilla chief
Pramila Tulachan Pramila Tulachan ... Aunt
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anil Khadka Anil Khadka ... Jit (The Groom)


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... Written by anonymous

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White Sun is Rauniyar's 2nd feature film. Co-incidentally, both his films revolve around a three day period. His first feature film "Highway (2012)" is about passengers stuck in Bandha (Road Strike) and their struggle to reach their destination, which they reach on their third day. See more »


Durga: It's good to see you.
Agni: Why are you marrying my brother?
Durga: It's none of your business who i marry.
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But at the end, we die. What matters is what we leave to our legacy.
6 February 2021 | by ridi-arahanSee all my reviews

What worked: This movie has to be undoubtedly one of the best movies to come from Nepal in the last two decades. I have been a fan of Deepak from his starting phase in his filmmaking. I remember watching Pooja in Nepal international film festival and was blown away by the movie. This one shows his level of growth as a filmmaker, making it a very powerful and enjoyable watch. What stunned me is the right balance of all elements that make a great movie. It's a very beautifully written and executed piece of art. His strong aspect is the use of dialogues that are more humane and natural than most of his contemporaries in the Nepali movie industry.Cinematography is great and what adds to the authenticity is the simplicity and the natural acting by the supporting casts. Also, the movie is metaphorical and satirical, and depicts both the federal and revolutionary citizens of the nation with the layered meaning throughout the narrative. The use of child psychology is a very wise decision and I am hugely impressed by this.This symbolic movie cracks the Pandora box of what makes a great movie. What did not work: Probably the anti conclusive nature of the movie make it a less pessimistic rather than optimistic movie although our interpretation may symbol hope and happy ending. I would have been happier to see the movie had some positive perspective from the eye of the girl or even the boy despite the satirical and speechless scenes leading to the finale Final verdict: highly recommended, one of the few movies that can represent one of the many cultures from Nepal

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