A month after The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind movie graced the screens across the globe, students from five universities and colleges in the country now have a chance to watch the Hollywood Malawian-adapted film.
Kelvin Ngoma, one of the local actors featured in the film and organiser of the screenings, said the film will be screened as a means of motivating Malawian youths to borrow a leaf from William Kamkwamba whose true-life story of a windmill innovation was adapted.
“This weekend we will be conducting screenings of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind in Lilongwe, before going to Mzuzu. We will start with Lilongwe Technical College on Friday, Kamuzu College of Nursing on Saturday, before taking the film to Lilongwe University of Agirculture and Natural Resources Bunda Campus on Sunday.
“From there, we will go to Mzuzu Malawi College of Accountancy [MCA] next Saturday, April 13. For now, these are the only confirmed colleges,” he said.
Ngoma said the screenings will be done in conjunction with Participant Media, one of the lead financiers of the project.
“I planned the screening because I saw that the only screenings we had were in-house – the first which was strictly by invitation and the second one at Wimbe, Kasungu.
“Participant Media were working on an initiative aimed at reaching out to the youth and students in the country as the movie is motivational and inspiring; hence they [the youth] need to learn something. We then joined hands to come up with these four screenings,” he said.
In a separate interview, Bunda College director of entertainment Brian Slyvenous Kavalo said youths in the country need to be innovative by using the knowledge amassed in class.
“The movie is encouraging because it is about the story of a youth who was coming from a poor family, but he innovated something that saved a lot of people. This is the kind of thinking that youths of today need to embrace and stop relying on being employed,” he said.