White Sun

Nepal’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Academy Award begins in the wake of a civil war, and follows the rebel fighter Chandra, who returns home to his remote mountain village for the funeral of his father, after nearly a decade away. Traveling with him is a young orphan; another young girl believes the man is his father. Familial and political tensions rise as Chandra and his brother carry their father down the mountain for his cremation ceremonies. Deepak Rauniyar’s film, produced by Danny Glover and shot in the stunning Himalayan range, puts a human face on the day-to-day struggles of reconciliation, and gives a glimpse into the life ways of the indigenous people of Nepal’s high country. (Nepal, 2016, 89m)