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The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind (2019)


The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a 2019 British drama film directed by and starring . The film is based on the memoir of the same name by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. Set in Malawi, it tells the inspiring true story of a young boy named William Kamkwamba (played by ), who, during a severe famine in his village, uses his ingenuity to build a wind turbine. The turbine harnesses wind power to generate electricity, providing a potential solution to the agricultural challenges faced by his community.


The film received positive reviews for its heartfelt storytelling and Ejiofor's direction. It explores themes of resilience, determination, and the impact of science and innovation on a small, struggling community. The performances, particularly by the young lead , were praised for their authenticity.


William Kamkwamba, a bright and curious teenager, is forced to drop out of school due to his family's financial struggles during a famine. Determined to find a solution to the food shortage, he discovers a book at a local library that introduces him to the concept of wind power and windmills. Despite facing skepticism from his community, including his father (played by ), William sets out to build a wind turbine using scrap materials.

As he faces numerous challenges, including lack of resources and opposition from those who doubt his abilities, William's perseverance and determination drive him to succeed. The wind turbine ultimately brings electricity to his village and transforms the lives of its inhabitants.


While the film did not receive widespread awards recognition, it was well-received at various film festivals. 's direction and 's performance were particularly commended.


“The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” gained attention for its inspirational story and positive messages. Its popularity grew through its availability on streaming platforms, allowing audiences worldwide to appreciate the uplifting narrative.

The film serves as a testament to the power of innovation and education in transforming communities facing adversity. William Kamkwamba's story has become an example of how one person's determination can make a significant impact on a larger scale.

Directed by
Screenplay by
Based on The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
by William Kamkwamba
Bryan Mealer
Produced by Andrea Calderwood
Gail Egan

Cinematography Dick Pope
Edited by Valerio Bonelli
Music by Antônio Pinto
Participant Media
BBC Films
British Film Institute
Potboiler Productions
Distributed by Netflix
Release date
  • 25 January 2019 (Sundance)
Running time
113 minutes
Countries United Kingdom

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