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Chiwetel Ejiofor On ‘The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind’, Streaming And Cinema’s Power: “We Are Creating The Image Of Cinema Being Smaller Than It Is”

Chiwetel Ejiofor On ‘The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind’, Streaming And Cinema’s Power: “We Are Creating The Image Of Cinema Being Smaller Than It Is”

Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, is this year’s British entry for Oscar’s recently renamed Best International Feature Film category. But the same rules apply: the film must be predominantly in a language other than English. In the case of Ejiofor’s film, that language is Chichewa, the local Bantu language of Malawi. It was a language Ejiofor didn’t speak and had to learn when he decided to take on a role in the film.

The true story follows William Kamkwamba (Maxwell Simba), a young schoolboy in Kasungu, Malawi, whose family struggles to pay for his schooling when a drought leads to a devastating famine and they are unable to farm the land. It’s his enterprising thirst for science—and a desire to teach himself even when he is refused a place at school—that leads him to design a windmill

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