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Competition - Fiction

The Boy who Harnessed the Wind

By Chiwetel Ejiofor


Young William lives in a village in Malawi with his mother (Aïssa Maïga) and father (Chiwetel Ejiofor). When a terrible drought befalls the region, the threat of famine pushes him to seek out a solution: what if he built a water pump with a small bicycle generator? With this first feature film inspired by the incredible fate of a young self-taught Malawian, actor-director Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) presents a remarkable story of perseverance and ingenuity, selected at the last Sundance Festival.

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Director(s)
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Writer(s)
William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer & Chiwetel Ejiofor

Casting

  • Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • Aïssa Maïga
  • Maxwell Simba
  • Lily Banda
  • Noma Dumezweni
  • Joseph Marcell
  • Lemogang Tsipa

Production

  • Potboiler Productions
  • Cornerstone Films
  • BBC Films
  • Participant Media
  • British Film Institute (BFI)
  • Head Gear
  • Metrol Technology
  • EcoNet
  • LipSync

Rights holder

  • Netflix

Cinematographer

  • Dick Pope

Composer

  • Antonio Pinto

Editor

  • Valerio Bonelli
Duration
113'
Year
2018
Tuesday 12 March

18:00

Centre d'hébergement collectif des Tattes - Hospice général (Vernier)

Tuesday 12 March

20:45

Grütli - Salle Simon

In the presence of the actress Aïssa Maïga

Wednesday 13 March

16:00

Espace Pitoëff - Grande salle

Followed by a discussion (videoconference) with William Kamkwamba

Sunday 17 March

16:00

Grütli - Salle Langlois