The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The film follows 13-year-old William Kamkwamba (newcomer Maxwell Simba) who is thrown out of the school he loves when his family can no longer afford the fees. Sneaking back into the school library, he finds a way, using the bones of the bicycle belonging to his father Trywell (Ejiofor), to build a windmill which then saves his village from famine. The emotional journey of a father and his exceptional son at its heart, William’s tale captures the incredible determination of a boy whose inquisitive mind overcame every obstacle in his path.

Writer and Director

Chiwetel Ejiofor


Andrea Calderwood, Gail Egan


Chiwetel Ejiofor, Maxwell Simba




1hr 53mins

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