Netflix Picks Up Chiwetel Ejiofor's New Film
Ejiofor, who is better known for 12 Years a Slave, ventured into his directorial debut and penned the script for The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind, which is based on a book of the same title by Bryan Mealer and Malawian innovator William Kamkwamba.
The film and the book tell a story about the life of Kamkwamba who taught himself how to build a windmill using local tools to power his home. This event of Kamkwamba’s life garnered the attention of Malawi and then later international media which skyrocketed his fame.
According to Kamwamba, his motivation was the famine that almost completely destroyed his village forcing him to drop out of school. He ultimately crept back to into the school library to teach himself how to build the windmill that forever transformed his village.
Netflix describes the movie as a film that highlights the power of education and the sheer determination to take control and change the direction of a life.
Ejiofor also commented on the story that caught his eye, saying that William’s story represents the future in countries like Malawi. He added that a global story, such as this, deserved a worldwide platform and he was thrilled to be collaborating with Netflix on bringing William’s inspiring tale of determination to audiences worldwide.
Netflix has the global rights of the film which stars Maxwell Simba, as 14-year-old Kamwamba, alongside Ejiofor. It also features Aïssa Maïga, Lily Banda, Lemogang Tsipa and Philbert Falakeza, with Joseph Marcell (known for his role on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) and Noma Dumezweni.
The President of Film and Television for Participant Media, Jonathan King, expressed his joy in working with Netflix, saying that such stories need to be told now more than ever.
The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind was filmed in Malawi in 2017 and is scheduled to debut in 2019 on Netflix in and also across select theatres in the U.S. and the UK.
Credit: This article originated from face2faceafrica.com