This is Oscar nominated actor Chiwitel Ejiofor’s directorial writing debut. The talented thespian has been persuading audiences for years acting opposite Hollywood heavyweights like Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie, and Woody Harrelson.
Harness The Wind proves that anything is truly possible with knowledge and determination. An inspirational movie for sure, but not in the here-we-go-again format. For example, there’s plenty of suspense and drama.
Filmed in Malawi East Africa, The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind takes you directly to Africa. You’ll travel to William’s land, home, and school.
Not every child actor can deliver winning scenes playing opposite adults. But William Kamkwamba (Maxwell Simba) pulls it off like a seasoned pro.
Simba can take on heavy tasks like negotiating the sale of grain for his family. And he manages this in a building full of competing adults and military overseers.
No one is coming to help us
The resolve that he displays when tasked with the job of harvesting grain for the family with the remaining savings is absolute.
Ejiofor’s film has won a British Independent Film Award, a Sundance Film Festival Award, and a NAACP Image Award.
Selecting a movie that your entire family will enjoy can be challenging sometimes. The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind not only makes this job a no-brainer, you will share it with the rest of your family and friends as well.
The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind is remarkable movie for young adults and mature individuals as well. The ingenuity of William to push his already natural ability to fix radios and other electronic devices with nothing more than waste from the local disposal yard is, of course, genius.
An authentic scene to not miss is the Gule Wamkulu dance and celebration.
English subtitles remove any remaining excuses to miss this fantastic film.
Director: Chiwetel Ejiofor
Cast: Maxwell Simba, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Aïssa Maïga, Lily Banda, Joseph Marcell, Noma Dumezweni, Lemogang Tsipa, Philbert Falakeza
Release date: January 25, 2019
Running time: 113 minutes