Directed by: Chiwetel Ejiofor Produced by: Andrea Calderwood, Gail Egan Screenplay by: Chiwetel Ejiofor Production Company: Participant Media, BBC Films, British Film Institute, Potboiler Productions Running time: 113 minutes Genre: Drama
This Netflix original is based on the true story of a 13-year-old boy, William Kamkwamba, who lives in an impoverished village devastated by famine in Malawi, Africa.
We meet William in 2001 as a curious-minded schoolboy with a love of electronics and spends much os his free time looking through the local junkyard for salvageable electronic components.
Ejiofor’s loving attention to the region’s cultural and geographic specificities and refusal of downplaying the hardships that slowly and fatally fatigue Kamkwamba’s village, showing a point where only one person can eat per day, drought, deforestation, flood, riots and government neglect.
William's family lost their land to the government and their grain to another city, when unreliable weather and a land dispute threaten the crops and the longevity of their family farm, the Kamkwambas fall short of the funds to support William’s education at a local school, William blackmails his science teacher (who is in a secret relationship with William's sister) into letting him continue attending his class and have access to the school's library.
But the now dismissed, ever-ambitious William, meets the 8th-grade American textbook Using Energy, after sneaking into the library where he learns about electrical engineering and energy production.
Seeking to save his village from the drought, William devises a plan to build a windmill to power an electric water pump that he had scavenged earlier and after building a small proof of concept prototype which works successfully, he requires the family's last major asset to really help his village...