The Boy Who Harnessed the WindCompleted
WORLD PREMIERE, SUNDANCE 2019, PREMIERES SECTION
To be released Worldwide (exc. China and Japan) by NETFLIX
Writer and Director: Chiwetel Ejiofor
Producers: Andrea Calderwood, Gail Egan
Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Maxwell Simba
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.
BBC Films, Participant Media and BFI present and in association with Head Gear & Metrol Technology, EcoNet, LipSync and Cornerstone Films, a Potboiler Production.