The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

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Based on the incredible true story.

Adapted from the bestselling book by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind follows 13 ­year­-old William Kamkwamba (newcomer Maxwell Simba) who is thrown out of the school he loves when his family can no longer afford the fees. Sneaking back into the school library, he finds a way, using the bones of the bicycle belonging to his father Trywell (Chiwetel Ejiofor), to build a windmill which then saves his Malawian village from famine. The emotional journey of a father and his exceptional son at its heart, William’s tale captures the incredible determination of a boy whose inquisitive mind overcame every obstacle in his path.

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From the inspiring tale of a simple windmill that sparked a movement, the Moving Windmills Project continues to fuel youthful resilience and ingenuity in Kasungu, Malawi. Rooted in purpose and community, they are committed to revolutionizing problem-solving for more sustainable and innovative futures.

Poster for the film The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Andrea Calderwood, Gail Egan
Executive Producers
Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, Joe Oppenheimer, Natascha Wharton, Bryan Mealer, Payne Brown, Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Peter Hampden, Norman Merry, Strive Masiyiwa and Rose Garnett
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Maxwell Simba, Lily Banda, Noma Dumezweni, Aïssa Maïga, Joseph Marcell
Based on the book by
William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
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