The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a 2019 British drama film directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Official trailers

Netflix on Friday, January 25, 2019 released the trailer:
The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind | Offical Trailer | Netflix.

Story intro

Born in Kasungu, Malawi, William Kamkwamba is a young schoolboy who comes from a family of farmers who live in the nearby village of Wimbe. William also dabbles in fixing radios for his friends and neighbors and spends his free time looking through the local junkyard for salvageable electronic components. Although he is soon barred from attending school due to his parents' inability to pay his tuition fees, William blackmails his science teacher (who is in a secret relationship with William's sister) into letting him continue attending his class and have access to the school's library where he learns about electrical engineering and energy production. By the mid-2000s, failing crops due to drought and the resulting famine has devastated William's village, leading to riots over government rationing and William's family being robbed of their already meager grain stores. People soon begin abandoning the village, and William's sister elopes with his former teacher in order to leave her family "one less mouth to feed". Seeking to save his village from the drought, William devises a plan to build a windmill to power an electric water pump that he had scavenged earlier. William builds a small proof of concept prototype which works successfully, but to build a larger windmill, William requires his father, Trywell, to give permission to dismantle the family bicycle for parts, which is the only bicycle in the village and the family's last major asset. His father believes the exercise futile and destroys the prototype. However, after intervention from William's mother, William and his father reconcile, and with the help of his friends and the remaining members of the village, they build a full-size wind turbine which leads to a successful crop being sown.


Maxwell Simba
William Kamkwamba
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Trywell Kamkwamba
Lily Banda
Annie Kamkwamba
Aïssa Maïga
Agnes Kamkwamba
Joseph Marcell
Chief Wembe
Noma Dumezweni
Edith Sikelo
Lemogang Tsipa
Mike Kachigunda
Philbert Falakeza
Gilbert Wimbe
Felix Lemburo
John Kamkwamba
Robert Agengo
Jeremiah Kamkwamba
Fiskan Makawa
Fredrick Lukhere
Hestingzi Phiri
Shabani Mkubwi
Rophium Banda
Mister Bamusi
Samson Kambalu
Joe Godsten
Raymond Ofula
Mister Ofesi
Martin Githinji
Reginald Nwachi
Melvin Alusa
Justin Mitwa
Amos Chimpokoser
Mizeck Chikankheni
Kelvin Maxwell Ngoma
Charity Malamusi (as Kelvin Ngoma)
Kelvin Chimpokoser
Khalani Makunje
Daniel Ngwata
Eddie Mbugua
Charles Daud
George Misinde
Edwin Chonde
President Muluzi
Hope Chisano
Aaron Mhone
Officer 1
Noel Mkubwi
Officer 2
James Mhone
Desk Clerk
Bruno Chitsulo
John Madisi
Hilda Phiri
Alile Kamkwamba
Lomuthi Jere
Mika Kamkwamba
Ian Chisekula
Man in ADMARC queue
Owen Chikanken
Farmer 1
Rodgers Wagawa
Boy (The Harvest)
Gospel Thawale
Farmer 2
Edward Khomamphero
Farmer 3
Grace Msiska
Trevor Dominic
Tiyamike (6 months)
Truth Dominic
Tiyamike (6 months)
Rashid Tambala
Tiyamike (1 year)
Latifa Tambala
Tiyamike (1 year)


The film The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind was scheduled to be released on January 25, 2019 (Sundance) by Netflix and Longride.

The duration of the film is 113 minutes.


The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind got high rating from critics. The audience also likes the film.

External links

IMDB: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Wikipedia: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

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