Quarantine era got me binging on everything Nextflix has to offer. The platform undoubtedly has some great productions suitable for one sitting consumption yet certain tittles you watch simply because there is nothing left to devour.
When I watched the Boy Who Harnessed The Wind (2019), multi-award winning actor Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directing debut, I purely wanted to watch a film, which has some form of African flavor to it. Based on William Kamkwamba’s memoir of the same tittle, the film gripped my attention at first shot; it offered a raw atmosphere that I am familiar with, one that would be transfixing for those who are not acquainted with the depicted world too.
We embark on a journey of William Kamkwamba (faultlessly portrayed by Maxwell Simba), a 13 year old boy whose curiosity and determination see him building a windmill to save an entire village from the hardships endured when drought strikes as farming is their main means of survival.
Not only does the film depict the beautiful courageous story, truthfully, but it also highlights many underlying issues affecting Wimbe village in Malawai where the story is set. The film further showcases the impact of corrupt political leaderships emphasizing on unending adversities faced by civilians who are thriving with all odds against them.
Director Ejiofor with his great ensemble, successfully keeps the story beautiful and inspiring. I shed tears through it all, not because it was painful to watch but the relentless spirit of Kamkwamba stirs that power of a dream, that if you have or had a dream, you’ll be reminded to stay on your course and be motivated to see it through, do something positive towards impacting your society for the better. The Boy who Harnessed the Wind is an influential piece that pushes you towards positive change.
It is a film that should be screened for young people around the world, to instill hope and affirm their dreams…the elders too can take away the need to support where there is potential, to nurture it.
Lets get everyone screening it on Nextflix while we can.