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Book About a 13-Year-Old Malawian Boy’s Story Gets Netflix Film Adaptation

By Victor Trammell

Photo credits: Elizabeth Zunon

Some of the greatest stories ever told in cinematic form were derived from books based on the actual lives of some of the world’s most noteworthy people.

One of these people is an ambitious, clever, and resourceful young African man named William Kamkwamba.

Kamkwamba, 31, hails from the Sub-Saharan African nation of Malawi. His is an engineer and the author of the book titled The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.

Kamkwamba co-wrote this book with Bryan Mealer and it is based on his life. When Kamkwamba was about 13-years-old, he designed a windmill made of scrap metal pieces to generate electricity for his entire under-served community in Malawi, one of Africa’s most least-developed countries.

In addition to selling many copies worldwide, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind garnered the acclaim of former U.S. Vice President and Nobel Prize winner Al Gore. Paolo Coelho, the internationally bestselling author of The Alchemist also heralded Kamkwamba’s prolific book.

But the African engineering prodigy’s legacy is not yet through with gaining the well-deserved merit that has accumulated over the years.

According to the African news division of Quartz Media, Academy Award-nominated actor turned filmmaker Chiwetel Ejiofor has accomplished the feat of converting Kamkwamba’s story into a cinematic masterpiece. Ejiofor also co-wrote, directed, and stars in this upcoming film based on Kamkwamba’s life.

Maxwell Simba, an up and coming young African thespian plays Kamkwamba in the film’s lead role. Ejiofor plays Kakwamba’s father. The completed project was so compelling, movie-streaming giant Netflix became the film’s exclusive distributor.

Director and co-star Ejiofor’s film adaptation of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind will make its global Netflix debut on March 1, 2019. Watch the trailer below.

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