White Sun (Seto Surya)
(2016, Nepal/USA/Qatar/Netherlands, 87 min., Digital)
Dir: Deepak Rauniyar
Cast: Dayahang Rai, Asha Magrati, Rabindra Singh Baniya
Amid the lush Himalayan mountain ranges of Nepal, a former Maoist rebel makes an unwelcome return to his traditional rural village. Chandra hasn’t been home in a decade, and now must come face-to-face with his brother, who fought on the opposing side of Nepal’s decades-long civil war. As he endures the disapproving glares of the still-royalist locals, his ex-wife presses him to take custody of her daughter and help them escape their rigid caste. Nepali director Deepak Rauniyar captures the schism between tradition and modernity that coexists in remote areas of the country. This beautifully perceptive film won prizes at the Venice, Singapore, and Palm Springs Film Festivals. “Outstanding…skillfully blends intimate human drama with sharp political observations” (Variety). In Nepali with English subtitles.