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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.

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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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Cast

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
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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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Based on the Incredible True Story

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Country:

UK | Malawi

Language:

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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Chiwetel Ejiofor's directional debut. See more »

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Trywell Kamkwamba: Democracy. Democracy is just like imported cassava. It rots quickly.
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An outstanding Oscar-worthy film about an incredible true-story.
18 March 2019 | by TheTopDawgCriticSee all my reviews

Wow, what a refreshing change from all the Hollywood blockbusters! A true-story about the real-life William Kamkwamba's determination to save his village from starvation.

This film was perfect in every aspect. Chiwetel Ejiofor hit this one out of the ball-park with his directing (debut), writing (debut), and acting.

The entire setting/visuals were incredible and the cinematography could not have been any better. The sound/score perfect. The young Maxwell Simba as William was stellar in his first ever acting role. The entire cast was excellent.

I'm not a fan of slow paced or long movies, by the 113 mins just flew by as I was in such awe with the story, visuals and acting.

I sure hope this film is nominated for the 2020 Oscars in many categories. This is one of those must-see rare gems that will open people eyes on how great we all have it in the modern world - unable to decide which iPhone to buy, while others are struggling to eat.

See this film, it will move you... it's outstanding! A perfect well deserved 10/10 from me.

Again, WOW.


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