Fribourg, April, 10th, 2017 (SIGNIS/INTERFILM). The 31st International Film Festival Fribourg was recently held in Switzerland. The Ecumenical Jury awards its Prize, endowed with 5,000 Francs by the Swiss aid organisations “Bread For All” and “Lenten Offering”, to the film White Sun (Seto Surya) directed by Deepak Rauniyar (Nepal, USA, Qatar, Netherlands - 2016)
The burial of an old man in a remote village in Nepal threatens to fail because the quarreling family cannot overcome old traditions and political differences. The cleverly narrated, multi-layered film reflects in a simple family history the difficult situation of a country after a long-term civil war.
Director Deepak Rauniyar pleads in a light, humorous tone for reconciliation between the war parties, between generations, between man and woman, between tradition and modernity. After all, it is the children who bring the white sun to gleam - the sun of the future, of reconciliation and hope.
The members of the Jury were Dorothea Lanz (Switzerland), Monika Lienin (Switzerland) Françoise Lods (France) and Murti Hadi Wijayanto (Philippines)