The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

2019113 minPG-13

The story of a thirteen year old Malawian boy who by sheer determination invents a windmill to save his family and village from famine.

Cast & Crew

Maxwell Simba

William Kamkwamba

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Trywell Kamkwamba

Aïssa Maïga

Agnes Kamkwamba

Lily Banda

Annie Kamkwamba

Lemogang Tsipa

Mike Kachigunda

Noma Dumezweni

Edith Sikelo

Khalani Makunje

Daniel Ngwata

Robert Agengo

Jeremiah Kamkwamba

Felix Lemburgo

John Kamkwamba

Kelvin Maxwell Ngoma

Charity Malamusi

Edwin Chonde

President Muluzi


Natascha Wharton

Executive Producer

Jonathan King

Executive Producer

Jeff Skoll

Executive Producer

Gail Egan


Joe Oppenheimer

Executive Producer

Peter Hampden

Executive Producer

Norman Merry

Executive Producer


Costume & Make-Up

Bia Salgado

Costume Design



Dick Pope


Details of Movie

Country Malawi UK
Original Language Nyanja English
Budget -
Revenue -
Production Company BBC Films BFI Film Fund Blue Sky Films (Production Services Malawi) Head Gear Films Lipsync Post Metrol Technology Participant Potboiler Productions
Distribution Netflix (2019) (USA) (theatrical) Longride (2019) (Japan) (theatrical) Netflix (2019) (Argentina) (video) Netflix (2019) (Brazil) (TV) Netflix (2019) (Singapore) (video) Netflix (2019) (Turkey) (video) (internet) Netflix (2019) (World-wide) (TV)
Camera Used Arri Alexa Mini

Fun Facts of Movie

This was Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directional debut

Chiwetel Ejiofor had to learn Chichewa, the Malawian language used in the movie

Chiwetel Ejiofor bought the rights to the story after reading the book

The film is based on the memoir “The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind” by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.

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