The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Special Scottish screening

28 Feb 2019

We are delighted to announce that the Scotland Malawi Partnership has a special Scottish screening of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.

  • When: 7-10pm, Thursday 28th February 2019
  • Where: Dominion Cinema, Edinburgh, EH10 4RT
  • Dress-code: “Dress to impress, Malawi/Scotland-style” (... optional!)

 The evening is kindly sponsored by our friends at Orbis Expeditions

This one-off event has been very popular so far, so we encourage members to book quickly to avoid disappointment.

Book on our Eventbrite page.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and has since received excellent reviews, including four stars from the Guardian.

It is the directorial debut of Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave - BAFTA Best Actor, The Martian, Love Actually), who also wrote the screenplay and stars as William Kamkwama’s father.

This major Hollywood production is Netflix Original Content and so will not have a UK general release in cinemas. This is therefore a potentially unique opportunity in Scotland; not to be missed!

The Scotland Malawi Partnership is delighted to have William Kamkwamba, himself, remotely addressing our special screening. He will introduce the film and answer a few questions.

We will also have a live panel discussion after the film, discussing renewable energy, innovation and community resilience in Scotland-Malawi cooperation. We are delighted to welcome Edgar Kapiza Bayani, of Community Energy Malawi, from Malawi, as part of the panel.

The evening will also feature a new Orbis Expeditions short film with Dame Kelly Holmes, as she tells her own recent Malawi story having taken part in the famous Orbis Challenge.

For those who don’t know the story, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is the inspiring true story of  William Kamkwamba’s against-the-odds triumph against adversity.

William lives with his family in rural Kasungu, where he attends school regularly and shows great aptitude for his studies. Yet after land development and poor weather lead to a meagre harvest, famine strikes the village, alarming the community and forcing William to drop out of school when his father can no longer afford the fees.

Determined to find a way out of the life-threatening situation his family is facing, William sneaks into the school library to research—and soon conspires to build a windmill pump to irrigate the land. Caught between his father’s closed-minded scepticism and the difficulty of creating a machine out of bicycle parts and scrap materials, William races against the clock to fight for his community’s survival.

The movie, based on the best-selling book by William Kamkwama and Bryan Mealer, was filmed in Kasungu, Malawi, and is partly in Chichewa.

The Scotland Malawi Partnership has been in contact with the production team since filming in 2017 and is extremely grateful to the Producer, Andrea Calderwood (herself Scottish), and Netflix for their kind support. We are delighted that this significant investment has been made in Malawi and we are using the opportunity to promote sustainable Malawian investment, business and tourism.

It is important that Malawi is able to itself tell its inspiring stories and hence we are working directly with William Kamkwamba, as well as the production team and Netflix, in promoting this film.

We have two ticket options:

• First Class: The VIP guests will enjoy a short film about Dame Kelly Holmes’ recent trip to Malawi, an introduction by William Kamkwamba (on whom the book and film is based), the feature film ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ and a panel discussion (with a complimentary Brewgooder craft lager!)

• Gold: This will include a short film about Dame Kelly Holmes’ recent trip to Malawi, an introduction by William Kamkwamba (on whom the book and film is based) and the feature film ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’.

With thanks to Netflix, Orbis Expeditions and Brewgooder, the Scotland Malawi Partnership is able to offer this evening to its members, partners and guests on a complimentary basis.

We are very grateful to Netflix for the film rights, to Orbis Expeditions for sponsoring the Special Screening and to Brewgooder for keeping our guests hydrated during the panel discussion! We are also delighted to work with Take One Action, Africa in Motion and the Scottish Government.

Photo credit: The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind, Ilze Kitshoff / Netflix