On the White Nile: A South Sudan businesswoman | Africa Direct

by Beckypublished on 13th December 2021

AFRICA DIRECT: African stories by African filmmakers. Perspectives from a diverse continent; storytelling in the hands of local talent.

On the White Nile, by filmmaker Akuol de Mabior, takes us into the world of Rebecca Lith Chol.

From the stern of her long wooden boat, Rebecca steers her crew down the White Nile, running her small fishing business.

She is a formidable, courageous woman – in charge of her boat, her business and her destiny.

Hers is a precarious living, but despite a life of hardship, her philosophical outlook and strong heart drive her forward.

Director/producer Akuol de Mabior is a South Sudanese filmmaker based in Nairobi, Kenya. She has directed short films that have been screened at festivals around the world and is currently working on her first feature documentary, Nyandeng, which received the Whickers Film and TV Funding Award (2020) and the IDFA Bertha Classic Fund (2020).

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