Kenyan stars in Netflix drama

The book "The Boy who Harnessed the Wind". Kenyan Maxwell Simba beat hundreds of other hopefuls to land a role of a lifetime in a movie based on the book, which was shot in Malawi. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The film is set in 2001 Malawi.
  • Things are hard for most in that struggling nation, and farmer Trywell hopes education will eventually make life easier for his three children than they’ve been for himself and wife Agnes.
  • But since the local school isn’t free, and though William is a particularly bright student, the family’s inability to pay his tuition may end his education all too soon.

A young Kenyan beat hundreds of other hopefuls to land a role of a lifetime in a movie that was shot in Malawi. Maxwell Simba plays the role of William Kamkwamba in The Boy Who Harnessed Wind.

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