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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind


Young William Kamkwamba lives with his family in rural Malawi, where he attends school regularly and shows great aptitude for his studies. Yet after land development and poor weather lead to a meager harvest, famine strikes the village, alarming the community and forcing William to drop out of school when his father (Chiwetel Ejiofor) can no longer afford the fees. Determined to find a way out of the life-threatening situation his family is facing, William sneaks into the school library to research—and soon conspires to build a windmill pump to irrigate the land. Caught between his father’s close-minded skepticism and the difficulty of creating a machine out of bicycle parts and scrap materials, William races against the clock to fight for his community’s survival.

Renowned actor Chiwetel Ejiofor makes his directorial debut with this inspiring true story. Based on Kamkwamba’s autobiography, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind brings the title character’s ingeniousness, perseverance, and hope to the big screen, reminding us how boldness and innovation can unlock seemingly impossible solutions.

Closed Captioned (CC) features available for this film.

YEAR 2018

CATEGORY Premieres

COUNTRY United Kingdom

RUN TIME 113 min

LANGUAGE English and Chichewa

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles


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Chiwetel Ejiofor

BAFTA-winning actor Chiwetel Ejiofor’s recent credits include Steve McQueen’s Academy Award–winning 12 Years a Slave, Garth Davis’s Mary Magdalene, and Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange. Ejiofor’s forthcoming projects include the CG reimagining of The Lion King and the Disney sequel Maleficent 2. His much-anticipated directorial debut, an adaptation of the book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, is expected for March 2019.