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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind earns its predictably uplifting arc through strong performances and impressive work from debuting director Chiwetel Ejiofor. Read critic reviews

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A 13-year-old boy is thrown out of the school he loves when his family can no longer afford the fees. He sneaks into the library and learns how to build a windmill to save his village from a famine.

Cast & Crew

Chiwetel Ejiofor
Trywell Kamkwamba
Aissa Maiga
Agnes Kamkwamba
Noma Dumezweni
Edith Sikelo
Lemogang Tsipa
Mike Kachigunda
Maxwell Simba
William Kamkwamba
Kelvin Maxwell Ngoma
Charity
Gail Egan
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Peter Hampden
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Phil Hunt
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Jonathan King
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Norman Merry
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Joe Oppenheimer
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Compton Ross
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Jim Shamoon
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Jeff Skoll
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Natascha Wharton
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Mario Zvan
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Dick Pope
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Bia Salgado
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All Critics (63) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (54) | Rotten (9)

  • Ejiofor captures perfectly the heart of a town struggling to prosper, a family fighting to survive, and a young boy who just wants to keep the world as he knows it alive and well.

    February 21, 2020 | Full Review…
  • This is a promising debut from Ejiofor - and further proof of Netflix's willingness to invest in stories which other studios might deem less commercially viable.

    March 13, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Chronicling how an impoverished African family perseveres during hardship, The Boy speaks eloquently about the importance of education and the need for sons to surpass their fathers.

    March 13, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The film feels lived-in in a way that not many biopics do, forgoing both the gloss and poverty porn that often comes with Western films about Africa.

    March 13, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Not make this simply a portrait of victimhood, but a deeply informed and fully expressed portrait of a culture most of us (including this critic) knew little about.

    March 1, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It builds realism and context into both sides of that story and manages to be a winning adaptation as a result.

    March 1, 2019 | Full Review…

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