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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Based on the Incredible True Story


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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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Lelo Ndakwanitsa
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Performed by Antonio Pinto and Lily Banda
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Powerful, real and moving....
3 March 2019 | by iampeacefulSee all my reviews

Incredible heart wrenching powerful family movie. This to me was gut wrenching and sad but in the end beautifully written about a boy whom saved his family. I cried lots but I also felt relief. This story humbled me and made me realize that I too need to be grateful daily for those around our world have less but make the best out of each day. Incredibly written and told. I am so glad Netflix had this incredible, well written story.

All should view this and take a step back to see we can do more for others.


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Country:

UK | Malawi

Language:

Arabic | Nyanja | English

Release Date:

1 March 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind See more »

Filming Locations:

Malawi

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