Netflix 'The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind': Release date, plot, cast and everything else you need to know

This Netflix film, directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor and based on the true story of William Kamkwamba, hits the streaming service on March 1


                            Netflix 'The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind': Release date, plot, cast and everything else you need to know

Netflix has an impressive roster when it comes to movies and series, and its next offering, 'The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind', based on an autobiography of the same name, has generated quite a bit of pre-release buzz.

The Chiwetel Ejiofor directed movie will take us through the life of a 14-year-old boy in Malawi, who had to drop out of school, but who didn't let that prevent him from improving the life of the battered community around him. 

Plot 

'The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind', slated for release on March 1, is based on the true story of William Kamkwamba, who as a 14-year-old built a wind turbine in 2002 with scrap materials in Malawi to help his family combat the famine they were facing.

The film is based on the book of the same name by Kamkwamba, who is a well-known engineer and innovator today. He is currently concentrating on building windmills to provide people in Malawi with access to power for farming, a laboratory for farming tools and more. 



 

Cast 

'The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind' will see Maxwell Simba play the role of the 14-year-old. Director of the film, Chiwetel Ejiofor, will also act in the film and portray the role of William's father Trywell Kamkwamba. Noma Dumezweni will be seen as Edith Sikelo, while Joseph Marcell will be seen as Chief Wembe and Aïssa Maïga will play Agnes Kamkwamba, the protagonist's mother.

Chiwetel Ejiofor, William Kamkwamba, Maxwell Simba and Aissa Maiga at Salt Lake Opening Night Screening Of 'The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind' in Utah. (Source: Getty Images)
Chiwetel Ejiofor, William Kamkwamba, Maxwell Simba and Aissa Maiga at Salt Lake Opening Night Screening Of 'The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind' in Utah. (Source: Getty Images)

 

Crew 

Ejiofor will be making his directorial debut with this film. He has also written the adapted screenplay while the cinematography is done by Dick Pope. The film is produced by Andrea Calderwood and Gail Egan under the banner Participant Media, BBC Films, British Film Institute and Potboiler Productions and distributed by Netflix.

 

Release

The film premiered in January at the Sundance film festival and will release globally on March 1 on the streaming site Netflix. 

Who is William Kamkwamba? 

Angelina Jolie hosted the special screening of Netflix film, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, based on William Kamkwamba (left) starring Maxwell Simba (right). (Source: Getty Images).
Angelina Jolie hosted the special screening of Netflix film, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, based on William Kamkwamba (left) starring Maxwell Simba (right). (Source: Getty Images).

 

William was featured on the 30 people under 30 changing the world list on TIME. From building a wind turbine with rough sketches in a book that he found at a public library to graduating out of Dartmouth University in 2014 - he has come a long way in life.

He even penned his autobiography titled 'The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind' with Bryan Mealer. Today, he heads a project called 'Moving Windmills,' through which he helps people across Malawi. He has also been a part of initiatives that aim to stop gender violence amng other things. William's TED talk in 2007 about building the windmill and how he made ends meet as a school drop out inspired many to help him with his secondary education.