DEEPAK RAUNIYAR
WRITER/FILMMAKER

An assistant professor of Film Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Deepak RAUNIYAR’s film, radio, and television production career spans two decades. His cinematic focus is on the social injustice of racial and gender discrimination. His work tackles the question of color, race, and sexes within culturally rich and diverse narratives. His works have been featured at top international film festivals, including Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Toronto, Locarno, Rotterdam, Edinburgh, Busan, Sydney, and New Directors’ New Films. His latest feature, White Sun (2016), premiered at Venice International Film Festival, where it won the Interfilm Award and has since screened over 100 film festivals, winning major awards at Venice, Singapore, Palm Springs, and Fribourg International Film Festivals, and selection as Nepal’s Best Foreign Language Film entry at the 90th Academy Awards. In 2017, The New York Times recognized Rauniyar as one of “The 9 New Directors You Need to Watch.” He served as a jury member at Locarno (2018) and Sydney (2017) Film Festivals and the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (2018) and taught at Hunter College, the City College of New York, and Sundance Co//lab.

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