By : Anita Chan
Based in Malawi, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind revolves around William Kamkwamba–an intelligent and curious young man who is passionate about his studies. He is from a family of farmers and works hard to complete his education, despite his family’s difficulties in affording his tuition fees. Through self-learning, he fixes radios for others in the neighborhood and proves his ability to the other boys in the community.
When a drought arrives in their neighborhood that could ultimately lead everyone in his town to die of hunger, William attempts to use his knowledge and engineering ability to see if he can fix the situation. His curious nature and out-of-the-box ideas are assets that he leverages. William goes on to build a wind turbine using the limited resources at his disposal, transforming his family’s life in the process.
William’s story is an inspiring tale for entrepreneurs, showcasing that innovation can take many forms, and how crucial a role perseverance and creativity play in success. It also explores a side of ingenuity where survival hangs in the balance–something most of us are too privileged to understand.
The movie is based on a book written by the real William Kamkwamba, who is now an engineer, author, and inventor living in the U.S. After his journey came to light, he was able to finish his education like he always dreamed, winning multiple accolades, including being named as one of the “30 People Under 30 Changing the World” by TIME Magazine in 2013. The movie is now available to stream on Netflix. –AC