Drama


The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind


MPAA Rating:
Not Rated
Genre:
Drama
Runtime:
113 mins
Stars:
Lily Banda, Noma Dumezweni, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Director:
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Producer:
Andrea Calderwood, Gail Egan

Content at a Glance

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Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
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1
Language

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
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1
Violence

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
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Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

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none
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occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
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Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

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none
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baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
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rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
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sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
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Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

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none
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mild-moderate with consequences
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moderate poor behavior
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moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

Sex


younger couple exchanges secret kiss.

Language


omg, sh--, h---, d-mn

Violence


mother slaps daughter for speaking up; older man beaten for dissenting politically; trywell physically threatens william several times.

Drugs


No Information

Nudity


No Information

Other


No Information


Trailer



Synopsis

In 21st-century Africa, poverty, natural disasters, and political corruption threaten a young family’s survival, but a young man’s ingenuity may rescue more than his immediate family.


Movie Message

In the Netflix film based on William Kamkwamba’s memoir, Maxwell Simba plays the young man who would rise above the socio-economic struggle in Malawi, Africa, to save his father’s farm—and provide electricity and water to their community. Thanks to Chiwetel Ejiofor’s breakthrough direction, as well as his portrayal of William’s father, Trywell, the story compels the audience to root for the underdog.

While political and social ramifications of 9/11 swirl in and around Africa, the Kamkwamba’s farm suffers as does the larger community, thanks to a back-and-forth flip-flopping of drought and flooding. While the Kamkwamba family tries to make education a priority, the struggles of the economy negatively impact William’s schooling. Still, his passion for engineering drives him to first repair village radios, and later, bring water.

Told through a mix of English and the local dialect Chichewa (with English subtitles), the film shows how William must stand up against tradition and a lack of understanding, often embodied in his father. Thanks to William's ingenuity and perseverance, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind shows that there's much to be learned from each other, regardless of our preconceived expectations. His courage in focusing on what he knows to be both true and good ultimately saves hundreds of people, reminding the audience that sometimes the hard stand is the right one.

The Dove Take

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind dynamically shows the real-life story of this tenacious child and inventor, William Kamkwamba, in a way that will inspire young people, and encourage families to listen to different viewpoints.

For Ages 12 And Over

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