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‘Where The River Divides’ showcases Kenya’s rich archaeological site

By Grace Kerongo October 22nd, 2023 2 min read

Set against the stunning backdrop of the Thimlich Ohinga Archaeological Site, a short film titled “Where The River Divides” tells a touching story. It’s about a father and son grappling with tradition and change.

In this film, we meet Okoth, an elder in the clan, played by Kenyan actor based in Los Angeles Benjamin Onyango. Initially, Okoth resists his son Dennis’s path into Christianity. But, as the story unfolds, he begins to understand and appreciate his son’s choices.

Dennis – played by Gadwill Odhiambo – is faced with a tough decision. He must choose between sticking with tradition or embracing new possibilities, especially after returning to his village following his baptism. This personal dilemma reflects the community’s expectations and cultural responsibilities.

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As the film goes on, Dennis and his wife Mary, played by Shandra Apondi, face challenges that deepen their understanding of the values instilled by his father. This newfound awareness paves the way for reconciliation and forgiveness.

In a touching scene, the father extends his hand in reconciliation, acknowledging his son’s courage and dedication. Traditions and expectations, once seen as burdensome, are softened by the understanding that each generation’s choices and sacrifices contribute to the family’s legacy.

In return, the son and his wife also extend forgiveness to the father, recognizing the love and wisdom that guided his actions. This moment in the film highlights the universal human experiences of love, acceptance, and understanding that bridge generational conflicts.

To make the story accessible to a global audience, the filmmakers initially filmed in Dholuo, but carefully dubbed it into Kiswahili and English, breaking down linguistic barriers.

The Thimlich Ohinga Archaeological Site, featured in the film, adds another layer to the story. This ancient dry-stone walled settlement, believed to be from the 16th century, mirrors the film’s exploration of communal living, livestock, and the preservation of cultural traditions.

Thimlich Ohinga offers a glimpse into communal settlement patterns and social relations in the Lake Victoria Basin while standing as a testament to the past.

You can catch this movie on the MyMovies.Africa app.

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