Currently in theaters and streaming on Netflix, the film tells the true story of William Kamkwamba, a young man from Malawi who saves his village from starving during a drought by building a windmill.
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For Ejiofor, the story was the opportunity to share something inspiring from the perspective of someone who actually lived the experience.
“I’d spent a lot of time growing up back and forth in rural communities in Nigeria, where my family’s from, I would see some of that and be exposed to the kind of complicated system of life in the village communities, which were never reflected in films I had seen” he told ESSENCE recently.
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Ejiofor said it was also important to show the world a different side of a country, which is often stigmatized with being associated with “famine or those kinds of challenges broadly in Africa…from an outside perspective.”
“If I could take an audience inside that experience,” he continued, “how you would negotiate when you realize you only have a weeks left of grain and another year to the next harvest, what’s the next move?”
Watch The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind streaming on Netflix now.
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