Nigerian English Actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor‘s movie, “The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind” is now streaming on Netflix.
Chiwetel in the movie narrated a story of William Kamkwamba, a young man from Malawi who saves his village from starving during a drought by building a windmill.
While speaking with Essence, the actor spoke about growing up in a rural community which helped him portray that lived experience in the movie.
“I’d spent a lot of time growing up back and forth in rural communities in Nigeria, where my family’s from, I would see some of that and be exposed to the kind of complicated system of life in the village communities, which were never reflected in films I had seen,” he said.
He further stated that it was important to show the world a different side of a country, which is often stigmatised with being associated with “famine or those kinds of challenges broadly in Africa…from an outside perspective.”
“If I could take an audience inside that experience,” “how you would negotiate when you realize you only have a week left of grain and another year to the next harvest, what’s the next move?”