The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

A Malawian teen uses his ingenuity to save his family and village from famine in Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor's (12 Years a Slave) feature directing and screenwriting debut.

"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 (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." (Sundance Film Festival)

2019113 minsUK
Drama

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Competently mounted yet plodding, it's manifestly a labour of love that becomes a bit of a labour to watch.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It's a conventional film in many ways but one that slowly and effectively builds to a remarkably rousing climax, displaying an act of overwhelming ingenuity that's hard to deny.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Made with the intelligence and good taste one expects from Ejiofor, the involving film cares about much more than the sweeping images of triumph with which it inevitably closes.

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