Ejiofor’s Netflix Flick

(Above: ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.’ Source: Netflix.com)

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Oscar nominee for 12 Years a Slave (2013), stars in, wrote, and makes his directing debut with The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, opening theatrically and on Netflix this Friday.

The movie is based on the true story of 13-year-old William Kamkwamba, played by newcomer Maxwell Simba, who built a wind turbine to save his African village from famine. Ejiofor adapted Kamkwamba’s book of the same title for the screenplay.

The British production, filmed on location in Malawi, was screened in January at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize – given annually to the title that best focuses on a science or technology theme.

For more on The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, visit Netflix.

For another take on Kamkwamba’s story, you can also stream a 2013 documentary, William and the Windmill. Winner of the Best Documentary Feature award at that year’s South by Southwest Film Festival, it’s available from $3.99 at Amazon,YouTube, Google Play and iTunes.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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