Malawians are excited (and rightfully so) as a story based on a young Malawian boy who saves his village through a wind turbine, is set to be released on the 1st of March this year. The film is based on a book written by the Malawian author William Kamkwamba.
Streaming giant Netflix, made the announcement last year that they would be looking for opportunities for international growth through producing more Afrocentric content. Their first original African serieswas Queen Sono which stars South African actress Pearl Thusi and comedian Kagiso Lediga.
Now centering a Malawian narrative, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, tells the story of a struggling Malawian family who prioritize their children's education in spite of the financial strain. However, eventually, their 13-year-old son is forced o leave school. The village is facing a crippling famine and the young boy sets about trying to build a wind turbine to help the people in his village irrigate their land.
The film, set in 2001, was directed by the Oscar-nominated, British-Nigerian Chiwetel Ejiofor and was shot on location. It also stars Ejiofor, Aissa Maiga and Maxwell Simba. It's an awe-inspiring story that shows the transcendence of the human spirit.