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The Triumph of 'The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind'

Janeen Mathisen

Posted on August 29, 2020 21:31

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This influential film based on a true story won't leave your mind any time soon.

Currently on Netflix, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, is based on a remarkable true story. Directed and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, it takes place in a harrowing environment where nature and the government are the main antagonists. In direct contrast to the copious amounts of greenscreens, explosions, and fast pacing in mainstream American movies, this one takes place in a quiet village in Malawi in 2001 with an intimate of astonishing perseverance.

The story centers around a boy named William who takes it upon himself to build a wind turbine so he can get the energy to help the water flow in his village to plant crops.

With such a personal and universal goal as survival and fighting hunger, the movie is riveting. The washed-out colors of the dry landscape and the overwhelming blue of the sky result in an instantly riveting environment. William fights to turn his goal into reality even as his sister abandons the family and the village is rife with political tension and doesn't give up even when their entire food store is stolen.

The shot of a dusty, barren floor as his mother's bowl drops amid her devastated cry is one of the most gut-punching in the entire film. Without a scrap of food to their name, they must figure out how to survive in the middle of a drought ravishing the country.

The proud father, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, tries to smash William's dream because he doesn't understand or want something that could obstruct his immediate goal of trying to plow the dry, crumbling dirt. It's all he can focus on. Too thin to plan proper crops, his determination increases, despite the futile situation. He refuses to eat to give his tiny portion of food to the rest of the family, displaying selflessness even as he refuses to help William's life-saving project, which would require relinquishing control and ownership of his bike, the only thing he does have control over in his life.

Will he let go of his pride and fear for the greater good?

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a film unlike any other, with superbly grounded acting by the entire cast. Films like this are unique and needed because they provide a much-needed perspective to other parts of the world. The place is real, and the circumstances are real for millions of people around the world.

A famous actor using his influence to highlight such circumstances as the need for food equality across the world is one to be praised. This movie makes you reconsider how much food a typical American throws away each day. It teaches us to persevere and not give up. It's about the strength of family and the strength of a group, and how the spirit of a single individual should never be devalued, undermined, or ignored.

Knowing this movie is a true story makes it even more inspirational. Watch this film: it will change how you look at life.

Janeen Mathisen

Posted on August 29, 2020 21:31

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