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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

William Kamkwamba is a 13-year-old living with his family in rural Malawi. After a famine forces him to leave school, William sets his exceptional mind to coming up with a solution.

William Kamkwamba is a 13-year-old living with his family in rural Malawi. As growing industrialisation of the land and then famine threaten to destroy his family and his community, William is thrown out of the school he loves when his parents can no longer afford the fees. William sets his exceptional mind to come up with a solution, and sneaking back into the school library, he finds a way. First, though, he must convince his father Trywell to allow him to use the bones of his bicycle to build a windmill to irrigate the land.

1 hour, 45 minutes

Last on

Sun 21 Mar 2021 23:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:10

    Chinah

    Away From Me

  • 01:12

    Oumou Sangaré

    Djorolen

  • 01:30

    Berk and The Virtual Band

    Change

Credits

Role Contributor
William Kamkwamba Maxwell Simba
Trywell Kamkwamba Chiwetel Ejiofor
Agnes Kamkwamba Aissa Maiga
Annie Kamkwamba Lily Banda
Edith Sikelo Noma Dumezweni
Chief Wimbe Joseph Marcell
Director Chiwetel Ejiofor
Writer Chiwetel Ejiofor
Writer William Kamkwamba
Writer Bryan Mealer

Broadcasts

  • Sun 21 Mar 2021 22:00
  • Sun 21 Mar 2021 23:00

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