Written by Ella Thousand
I can’t say I know what it feels like to have to pick one meal to eat in a day. “The Boy who Harnessed the Wind” is based on the true story of how William Kamkwanba used his mind to save his entire village. Born to forward-thinking parents, William and his sister were lucky enough to attend school. But when his hometown of Malawi entered an extreme drought, the Kamwanba family could not afford food, let alone school. Forced to drop out of school, William took the situation into his own hands. Instead of giving up, he hustled his was back into the school library where he found a book on windmills and energy. Using nothing but knowledge, trach from a junkyard and passion, William was able to build an irrigation system which saved Malawi.
If you’re looking for an inspirational movie for the entire family, this is it. It is incredibly interesting to watch how each member of the Kamkwanba family deals with the hunger and poverty. The parents try their hardest to continue working and feeding their children. William’s sister ends of leaving with his boyfriend, leaving her family a note that she would be ‘one less mouth to feed’. This is certainly one of those stories that make me appreciate the comforts I was born into. It also inspires and encourages me to see how difficult times can breed genius.
If you have a chance to watch this, drop a not below and let me know what you thought!