Film Screening– “The Boy Who Harness the Wind” and Forum

In partnership with Participant Media, InterAction is excited to present Forum 2019 attendees and the global development and humanitarian community a screening of “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.”

Adapted from the bestselling book by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” follows 13-year-old William Kamkwamba (newcomer Maxwell Simba) who is thrown out of the school he loves when his family can no longer afford the fees. Sneaking back into the school library, he finds a way, using the bones of the bicycle belonging to his father Trywell (Chiwetel Ejiofor), to build a windmill which then saves his Malawian village from famine. The emotional journey of a father and his exceptional son at its heart, William’s tale captures the incredible determination of a boy whose inquisitive mind overcame every obstacle in his path.

A panel discussion on the effects of climate change with InterAction’s CEO, Sam Worthington, Oxfam America’s senior climate change integration specialist, Sasanka (Sas) Thilakasiri and USAID’s senior climate change integration specialist Becky Chacko will follow the screening. Amanda Chen, vice president for social impact at Participant Media will introduce the film.


Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Pl NW
Washington DC 20001

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