“The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” — Netflix notices Africa!

by Steven Langdon

Africa is rising,  not just economically,  but also in terms of popular culture across the world.  This is evident not just in blockbuster movies like “Black Panther” but also in the rise of “Nollywood,” the burgeoning movie industry in Nigeria.

Now Netflix is catching the current.  “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” is set in Malawi, stars African actors,  and conveys many of the complexities of both African education and the impact of climate change.  And now Netflix is taking these themes global,  as the following story by a Ugandan journalist recounts.

After watching the movie,  I underline many of the points made in this article.  Climate change is a core element of the plot,  and the constraints on African education emerge strongly,  particularly for the daughter who is unable to go to university despite her abilities.  Beyond these points, this is also a beautifully rendered exploration of family relationships in the context of economic pressures.



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