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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)

TV-PG | | Drama | 1 March 2019 (USA)
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Against all the odds, a thirteen-year-old boy in Malawi invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine.


Chiwetel Ejiofor


Chiwetel Ejiofor (adaptation), William Kamkwamba (based on the book by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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


William Kamkuamb 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 and drink. Being an excellent student and very fond of physics, the guy decides to save his native village from starvation. In the library he finds scientific books on physics. He studied the books and the guy got an idea to build a wind generator.. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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malawi | farming | famine | grain | rain | See All (68) »


Based on the Incredible True Story




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Chiwetel Ejiofor had to learn the Malawi language spoken in the film, Chichewa. See more »


Trywell Kamkwamba: Democracy. Democracy is just like imported cassava. It rots quickly.
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Written by Edson David Tayaro, Salif Traore
Performed by Magic System
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This movie will make you think about it!
3 March 2019 | by mjdevriesSee all my reviews

Absolutely a great movie!

However, be aware. This title is not suitable for 'watching an ordinary movie on an ordinary night'. Because it will let you thinking about it.

First, it will make you realize how fortunate you probably are - just as I am. I'm born in the same year as this kid (being the late 80's), but here in Western-Europe, I didn't had to fight in order to get to school or to beat other people in order to get my food. But what did I do to deserve this?

Secondly, it will probably let you think about the boy's invention which is so strong in it's simplicity and yet so life-saving. It will almost make you want to buy at least 1000 dynamo's and sent them to Malawi.

And thirdly, it will make you realize how the characters were just acting like human beings - even his dad. It's so easy to say, at least here in Western-Europe, that those people in Africa shouldn't come here to our continent because who knows what they will do - and so we build walls and let them drown at sea. But this just makes us very similar as the person who wants to become president in this movie. Maybe not even different at all.

Because in the years when the events of this movie were taken place (being 2001/2002), people in Western-Europe were more interested in watching MTV, Friends and the latest news on Afghanistan, while no one heard of Malawi and what happened over there. Now, 17/18 years later, Chiwetel Ejiofo confronts us with it.

Movies like these are exactly what this earth needs.

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