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Films 2015 - Malawi - William and the Windmill

William and the Windmill

Director: Ben Nabors, 2013

Language: English
96 minutes – USA / Malawi

William Kamkwamba was 14 when he set out to build a windmill, using bits of bicycles, scraps of wood, perhaps a flip-flop or two, and with only a battered library book as his guide. His windmill successfully generated power for his impoverished Malawian family, which is in itself pretty extraordinary, but that's one small part of this story.

William’s achievement attracted considerable attention, and he was invited to speak at a TEDGlobal conference. The hit of the show, he was taken under the wing of an American entrepreneur and flown to New York. What followed was a whirlwind of radio and television interviews, book offers, parties, and more. How would a young man from Malawi cope with this full-on experience, so far from family and home?