THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND :: A Chiwetel Ejiofor movie

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind movie

The inspirational true story of William Kamkwamba, a 13-year-old boy in Malawi who saves his village from famine by building a wind turbine.


:: Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize, Sundance, 2019
:: Truly Moving Picture Award, Heartland, 2019
:: Grand Prize Feature Special Mention, New York ICFF, 2019
:: 86% critics rating | 94% audience rating, Rotten Tomatoes, 2019


"Feeds our hunger for inspiring tales in these desperate times with a beautifully engineered narrative latticework of hardship, hope, and know-how." The Los Angeles Times

"Exhilarating and rather inspiring – a story of success against the odds, of ingenuity and resourcefulness, of a father and son painfully coming to terms with each other. Ejiofor brings a real sensitivity and empathy to this material, as well as some bold, fluent storytelling." The Guardian

"A rare authentic version of Africa." Quartz 

"It works— beautifully and movingly... Brings large-scale issues that we tend to discuss theoretically—deforestation, colonialism, climate change—down to a granular, intimate scale... Eye-opening." The Observer

"A powerful adaptation... that the whole family can enjoy... Lovely and thoughtful..." The Wrap

"A fresh look at a familiar crisis... Smart and unpatronising... The film feels lived-in in a way that not many biopics do, forgoing both the gloss and poverty porn that often comes with Western films about Africa." Sight & Sound


:: Writer/Director: Chiwetel Ejiofor
:: DoP: Dick Pope
:: Editing: Valerio Bonelli
:: Starring: Maxwell Simba, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Felix Lemburo, Aïssa Maïga