According to Shadow and Act the film adaptation of the book “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer is currently being filmed in Malawi. The best-selling book, based on a true story, details the ingenuity of a Malawian boy who saves his village from famine by building a windmill from the bones of his father’s bicycle. William Kamkwamba’s story is being told by award-winning British-Nigerian actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, who is writing, directing and starring in the film (as William’s father). The role of William is being played by newcomer Maxwell Simba.
In a year where not a lot of good news is coming out of Malawi (recently, rumours of vampires have been making the rounds) this is something we needed from the Warm Heart of Africa.
“William’s story represents what has to be the future in countries like Malawi: developing countries, overflowing with beauty, and with potential which simply needs access to opportunity in order to be fully unleashed. William’s determination and inventiveness created something that not only meant the end of the “hungry season” for his community, it also catapulted him into a future where all his potential could be realized,” said Ejiofor, who is known for his Oscar-nominated role in 12 Years a Slave.
The film also features Noma Dumezweni (Hermione in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) as Edith Sikelo, the librarian who helped bring William’s story to public attention; Aïssa Maïga (The African Doctor) as William’s mother Agnes, and Joseph Marcell (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air). The film will mark Ejiofor’s directorial debut.