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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind what is it about? The film is a fairly faithful adaptation of the homonymous and The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind autobiographical book that William Kamkwamba himself wrote in 2009 (available here by Ediciones B) recounting his feat. After the death of his father, Trywell Kamkwamba (William’s father, who is played by Ejiofor himself) sees how the family lands are deforested by a large company, with the sole purpose of manufacturing fuel. The cut trees served as protection in the rainy season, so soon the Kamkwamba family assists, without being able to do much about it, the disappearance of all their shoots under the water. The drought is not long in coming and the entire community begins to suffer a huge lack of grain. Without food, there is no money for William’s school (played by a very young Maxwell Simba), nor for his sister Annie’s (Lily Banda) college. Despair soon reaches his mother Agnes (Aissa Maiga), who sees any future opportunities for her children disappear beyond the village, and Trywell, who directly stops eating. Until one day young William has an idea: with the dynamo of a bicycle he could make a water pump, powered by a windmill, to supply water to his family’s dry lands. The only thing standing between him and his target is his own father’s stubbornness.

What’s up?. Writing films based directly on real events has some handicaps that Chiwetel Ejiofor (also a screenwriter) overcome with more or less luck. There is the fact that the viewer, from the moment he reads the title, already knows that the boy finally tamed the wind and that everything went well. Faced with this predictability, Ejiofor decides to put a double ration of pathos in each of the story plots and work more deeply on the conflicts and doubts of all his characters, which sometimes slows down the progress of the plot a bit and can be a so heavy for some viewers. But if we look at it from another perspective, the depth that these characters acquire allows the comic moments to stand practically alone and the most dramatic episodes, in turn, have an absolutely brutal weight without falling into the melodramatic (that “When will we stop lose? “of the mother is brilliant precisely because a lot has been worked to get there).

Duration: 113 min


IMDb: 7.6