There’s finally a glimpse of what we can expect from Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut that’s set to premiere on Netflix soon.
The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind is based on a true story and chronicles the life of the very real hopes and efforts of a 13-year-old William in Malawi as he develops a method – the wind of the title – to bring water to his famine-struck village.
Based on the book of the same title written by Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind marks Ejiofor’s directorial debut (he also wrote the adaptation of the book).
In the clip, we are finally introduced to the compelling and inspirational storyline, which also might induce a thug tear or two. We meet 13-year-old William, played by Kenyan actor Maxwell Simba, as well as Ejiofor starring as his father, Lily Banda, Noma Dumezweni, Aissa Maiga, Joseph Marcell, Philbert Falakeza and Lemogang Tsipa. The film depicts William’s unconventional invention to save his family and village from famine.
Seeing as we’ve been very gassed about this project, here’s the very first trailer for the Oscar-nominated actor’s first stint behind the camera is here, and it looks absolutely amazing.
The movie is due to premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival today, ahead of becoming available for streaming on the platform March 1.