NRS’s new film Juma of Itanda, from Tommy Penick presents a compelling “story of humanity, hope and the fate of a mighty river.”
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The story follows Juma Via Kalikwani, tracking his humble journey to the river, from safety boater to Director of Operations at Nile River Explorers, a large rafting outfitter based in Jinja, Uganda. The film then examines the economic fallout of 2011’s Bujagali Hydroelectric Project and the personal stakes for Juma of more rapids being lost with the ongoing development of the Isimba Power Station. The film personalizes the loss of whitewater as Juma reconciles the reality of his children and grandchildren never getting to discover and experience some of the world’s greatest rapids — where simply seeing an old photo will never suffice.

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Team Uganda waits thier turn for training at the 2015 World Freestyle Championship at Garberator Wave on the Ottawa River in Beaching ON Canada on Aug 26, 2015.

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The White Nile provides world-class playboating and whitewater rapids for paddlers. Courtesy Jessie Stone.

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