The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
In partnership with Participant Media, InterAction is excited to present Forum 2019 attendees and the global development and humanitarian community a screening of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind on Wednesday, June 12 at 7:00pm at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Room 146
Adapted from the bestselling book by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind follows 13-year-old William Kamkwamba (newcomer Maxwell Simba) who is thrown out of the school he loves when his family can no longer afford the fees. Sneaking back into the school library, he finds a way, using the bones of the bicycle belonging to his father Trywell (Chiwetel Ejiofor), to build a windmill which then saves his Malawian village from famine. The emotional journey of a father and his exceptional son at its heart, William’s tale captures the incredible determination of a boy whose inquisitive mind overcame every obstacle in his path.
A panel discussion on the effects of climate change with InterAction’s CEO, Sam Worthington, Oxfam America’s senior climate change integration specialist, Sasanka (Sas) Thilakasiri and USAID’s senior climate change integration specialist Becky Chacko will follow the screening. Amanda Chen, vice president for social impact at Participant Media will introduce the film.
Founded by Jeff Skoll, Participant Media combines the power of a good story well told with real world impact and awareness around the most pressing global issues of our time. Participant’s more than 80 films, including Wonder, Contagion, Lincoln, The Help, CITIZENFOUR, Food, Inc., and An Inconvenient Truth, have collectively earned 56 Academy Award® nominations and 12 wins, including Best Picture for Spotlight and Best Foreign Language Film for A Fantastic Woman.