This award-winning documentary tells the story of Malawian William Kamkwamba, who was forced to drop out of school at the age of 14 due to a devastating famine. Turning to self-education, William learned that windmills could pump water and generate electricity. He used scrapyard parts to build a functioning windmill that not only rescued his family from poverty, but attracted the attention of the larger world. Fame and recognition follow William’s achievements and his life is fundamentally transformed as the film follows him from the ages of 19 to 24. Staggering opportunities, a world class education, international relocation and newfound village responsibilities lead to unforeseen conflict, stress, and cultural isolation. This is a story about a complex young man straddling two cultures, carrying the burdens of his past achievements while boldly pursuing a bright future.
Grand Jury Prize, Best Documentary Feature, SXSW Film Festival
“Gracefully illuminates issues of black, white, rich, poor, hard work, pain, destiny, and dreams.” – Austin Chronicle
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at BUEI’s Oceans gift shop, or by calling 294-0204.