Srishti Tiku | Mar 5, 2021 | 0
The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind – Movie Review
A review of the 2019 hit British drama, based on the life of Malawian inventor and author, William Kamkwamba by Seerat Kaur
‘The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind’ follows the story of a young boy living in Malawi, Africa. Based on a true story, the movie features the life of young William who decides to change the fate of an entire village based on courage, determination and hope.
It’s a 2019 British film, based on the memoir with the same name, by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. It has been written and directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, who also stars in the movie as the protagonist’s father. The movie has been screened at The Sundance Film Festival, and was also Britain’s official entry for the 2019 Academy Awards.
As The Guardian states, William ‘with his soulful eyes and infectious enthusiasm, anchors the drama around him, easily steering himself through the story’s emotional shifts as he matures from a playful child to a philanthropic saviour’ .
William hails from a small village where the villagers are hard-handed into selling their fertile lands to the big corporation for construction purposes. The subsequent deforestation to construct buildings has made the land barren and consequently aided the failure of monsoons. Owing to the failing rains and ruined crop, the entire village is doomed to suffer at the hands of famine and ruin. Understanding the importance of having a renewable self sustaining ecosystem, the 13 year old William devises a plan to save the village, which is met with immense skepticism and antagonism by his villagers. The movie is an ode to the fighting spirit of the child genius, who, for the most part, single handedly, strives to bring about a shift in his village’s thought process.
An ode to the human spirit seeking answers to mitigate some of the worst disasters which inflict a large portion of the population globally, this is a story of unending courage and endurance. To quote one of my favourite poets, Robert Frost, ‘The best way out is always through’. This movie emphasizes how imperative it is to question status quo in the face of challenges, especially when something important to you is at stake. It also accentuates the fact that no matter how minuscule the effort, if in the right direction, it is one step forward.
The movie has been screening on Netflix in various countries since March 2019.
Image sources: video grabs from Netflix