Against all the odds, a thirteen-year-old boy in Malawi invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine.

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Chiwetel Ejiofor

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Chiwetel Ejiofor (adaptation), William Kamkwamba (based on the book by) | 1 more credit »
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Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Trywell Kamkwamba
Maxwell Simba ... William Kamkwamba
Felix Lemburo Felix Lemburo ... John Kamkwamba
Robert Agengo Robert Agengo ... Jeremiah Kamkwamba
Fiskan Makawa Fiskan Makawa ... Priest
Lily Banda ... Annie Kamkwamba
Aïssa Maïga ... Agnes Kamkwamba
Fredrick Lukhere Fredrick Lukhere ... Mkubwi
Hestingzi Phiri Hestingzi Phiri ... Shabani Mkubwi
Rophium Banda Rophium Banda ... Mister Bamusi
Philbert Falakeza Philbert Falakeza ... Gilbert Wimbe
Samson Kambalu Samson Kambalu ... Joe Godsten
Raymond Ofula Raymond Ofula ... Mister Ofesi
Noma Dumezweni ... Edith Sikelo
Lemogang Tsipa Lemogang Tsipa ... Mike Kachigunda
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William Kamkwamba was born in the country of Malawi, in Africa. When he was fourteen years old, a terrible drought hit the village where he lived. People had nothing to eat. Being an excellent student and very fond of physics, William decides to save his native village from starvation. In the library he finds books on physics. After studying the books, he got an idea to build a wind generator, to provide electricity to his family. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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malawi | farming | famine | grain | rain | See All (67) »

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The film is based on the memoir "The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind" by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. See more »

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Times passes but the baby of the family does not grow up. See more »

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Trywell Kamkwamba: Democracy. Democracy is just like imported cassava. It rots quickly.
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Written by Justin Vali
Performed by The Justin Vali Quartett
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A beautiful film that has the power to match its own story.
1 March 2019 | by CitizenDeviSee all my reviews

This film is absolutely great, and I recommend everyone to just watch it right now on Netflix. This needs to be seen and supported. It is full of interesting and powerful themes that are rarely portrayed like this in cinema, and teaches a lot of important lessons without ever being preachy about it. It's one of these based on a true story movies that are actually really good and achieve what they are going for, and also match the importance and beauty of the real tale.

All of the acting, the cinematography, the score, and the directing are working so well together, which makes for an excellent watching experience, and one that will actually stick with you for a bit.

Please give The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind a chance.


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Country:

UK | Malawi

Language:

Arabic | Nyanja | English

Release Date:

1 March 2019 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Malawi

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