The story of a man who finds the meaning of his life at the source of the Nile.

Filmed with:
Canon XLH1 & Nanoflash
Canon T3i with vintage Nikkor lenses
GoPro HD Hero

Audio:
Rode Mic, Blimp & Boom
Zoom H2N

Edited with:
FCPX

Locations:
Filmed in and around the Source of the NIle River in Uganda over the course of 3 days, June 2012. Including:
Jinja
Bujagali Falls
Itanda Falls
“Super Hole” Rapid

Crew:
Simon Wood – Director, ‘A’ Camera, Editor
Ali Musoke – ‘B’ Camera
Shantos Ssekito – Audio & Boom
Music: VideoBlocks

Kayakers:
Emmanuel Mwesiigwe
John Ssjabi

Interviews:
Emmanuel Mwesiigwe

Transcript:
“This is my home.
My family has lived here forever.
My father was a fisherman, and his father before him.
My family was not wealthy, but we had what we needed.
When the rafters came, I learnt how to kayak.
Now I am making my living on the river.
So the river still provides.
This is the source of the Nile.
From here it runs all the way to the sea.
To the pyramids.
The source of life.
A force of nature.
Terrible and beautiful.
Endless and timeless.
Nothing can stop it.
When the try to dam it, new rapids rise up.
So I ride the rapids, I ride the source.
The river leads me on.
I don’t know where it takes me, but I know I’ll reach it there, someday.
When I’m running the river I’m equal to any man.
Even though I know I’m not rich, but I know I’m alive”

-Mitch

About The Author

Mitch Lex

Mitch grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona where he fell in love with kayaking, backpacking and just about everything else there is to do outside. Since moving to the Midwest, Mitch has continued to explore trails and rivers throughout the country. His greatest adventures include roaming with grizzlies and caribou on a NOLS course in Canada's Yukon Territory, swimming with dolphins while studying abroad in New Zealand, and guiding backpacking trips in southwestern Colorado and Utah. He sees the outdoors as a place where you can discover what is truly important in life while exploring a little bit about oneself along the way. Contrary to popular demand, he enjoys dried pineapple and Reese's pieces over M&M's and raisins in his trail mix any day of the week. Sorry GORP.

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