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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Movie – A Must-Watch

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I’m about to finish watching ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind‘ on Netflix, and I just can’t wait to review it.

Let me confess that I’d cancelled my Netflix subscription two days ago because I don’t have the luxury of time to watch movies. I decided to relax with a movie before the end of my subscription in a few hours.

I clicked on the featured movie on the Netflix app, which is ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind‘, and I found myself at the edge of my seat as I watched.

I’m so excited to review this movie because it’s really worth reviewing.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Movie Plot

‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind‘ Movie is an inspiring true life story of William Kamkwamba, a thirteen year old boy, born in Kasungu, Malawi, but lives in the village of Winibe with his farmers family.

Apart from loving school, William has a knack for fixing faulty electronic devices of his family and friends. This leads him to retrieving electronic pieces from junkyards.

In the midst of poverty, drought, famine, corrupt government, dropping out of school due to poverty, but with the support of his family and some village people and library books, William was able to build a windmill that saved his village from famine.

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Cast

Maxwell Simba – William Kamkwamba

Chiwetel Ejiofor – Trywell Kamkwamba

Noma Dumezweni – Edith Sikelo

Joseph Marcell – Chief Wembe

Aïssa Maïga – Agnes Kamkwamba

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Movie Review

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind‘ is a movie written and directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor based on the memoir written by William Kamkwanba.

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Yes, the story-line is inspiring and touching but honestly, what makes the movie more enjoyable is the brilliant actors!

Chiwetel Ejiofor never disappoints. God! The guy is an amazing actor! Have you seen Twelve Years a Slave, Half of a Yellow Sun?

The way he embodies his character in any movie will make you forget you’re watching a movie. He’s super-talented and I’m so proud of him. Yes, I’m proud of my Nigerian brother. Hahaha.

It’s impressive that he speaks Chichewa so fluently in the movie to retain the originality of the story. If I didn’t know any better, I’d have thought he was from Malawi. That says a lot about the years of hard work that must have gone into producing the movie.

Aissa Maiga is a brilliant actress. I had to Google her to read more about her. Not only is she beautiful, her acting is superb. Black is indeed beautiful. Despite the dusty environment and not using makeup, her beauty stands out still.

Maxwell Simba, who acted the role of William Kamkwanba also did a great job.

The movie portrays the importance of discovering and developing one’s talent and also believing in one’s ability. Not only will this be a blessing to one as individual but also to a society as well.

I love that the movie shows the place of family’s sacrificial love and support and also the importance of team work. Even though William Kamkwanba conceived the idea of building a windmill that could help his village, he used the help of the village people to construct the windmill. No one is self-made.

And yes, corruption, the cankerworm that is eating into the greatness of many African countries. Malawi, like some African countries, is shown to be bedevilled by corrupt leaders who are not only suffering from sit tight syndrome but only care for their pockets and power.

Last but not least, one of the greatest lessons I garnered from the movie is the power of reading (books). Yes, Williams has a flair for science and had an idea of an invention, but it was reading that gave clarity to his idea. He read books on physics and energy and this gave him the knowledge he needed to bring his idea to life. Knowledge is indeed power. Reading is a culture that is going out of the window; no thanks to social media.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind‘ movie is a must-watch for everyone who appreciates and desires greatness. You’ll be challenged to utilize and maximize your potentials. It’s highly recommended for teenagers as well.

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