Opening Night: The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

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Feature Malawi, United Kingdom | East Coast Premiere
Live Action, Chiwetel Ejiofor; 2018, 113 min

Recommended ages: 11+
In English and Chichewa, with English subtitles

Written, directed, and co-starring Oscar-nominated Chiwetel Ejiofor, this inspiring true-to-life film follows 13-year-old William Kamkwamba, who is thrown out of the school he loves when his family can no longer afford the fees. Sneaking back into the school library, he finds a way, using the bones of the bicycle belonging to his father Trywell (Ejiofor), to build a windmill which then saves his Malawian village from famine. The emotional journey of a father and his exceptional son at its heart, William’s tale captures the incredible determination of a boy whose inquisitive mind overcame every obstacle in his path.

Note: includes some instances of contextual violence

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