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Shemu Joyah samples ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’

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By Sam Banda Jnr:

GIFT FOR MALAWI— Joyah (right) flanked by Masina (centre) and Phiri

With Malawians eagerly waiting to watch The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by English actor of Nigerian origin, Chiwetel Ejiofor, the country’s veteran filmmaker Shemu Joyah has watched it, thanks to the Germany tour he is undertaking.

The film, shot in the country in Kasungu District, will premiere globally next month on Netflix.

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The film delves into the story of innovator William Kamkwamba.

In the movie, a 13-year-old boy is thrown out of the school he loves when his family can no longer afford the fees. He sneaks into the library and learns how to build a windmill to save his village from a famine.

Joyah wrote on his Facebook page that he was happy to watch the film at the CinemaX Theatre in Berlin.

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He said this was the screening for the press with another European premiere coming up at Friedrichstadt-Palast.

“It is a beautifully executed film with powerful performances by both the main and minor cast. I was very impressed with Lily Banda, who is the only Malawian with a main role, who puts up a resolute performance in the presence of much more vastly experienced actors like Chiwetel Ejiofor and Aissa Maiga,” writes Joyah.

On the language, Joyah said it was still a problem for a Malawian like him but then he was probably the only one who understood Chichewa in the whole cinema.

“So it did not matter to the rest of the audience. In any case, the film is emotionally driven, therefore once I was absorbed in the story, the language did not seem to matter,” he said.

Joyah also said the soundtrack in the film is amazing.

“It gradually rises to a crescendo that knocks you flat as the film reaches its tear – jerking climax. It is a great film that captures a real life drama and builds tension even when you already know the ending, a sign of a well-made movie,” he writes.

Joyah, who is set to screen his award winning film The Road to Sunrise in Hannover on February 18 2019, left the country last Tuesday for Germany.

The filmmaker is in Germany courtesy of support from Germany Ambassador to Malawi, Juergen Borsch, who tried his best to have Joyah on the tour after being impressed by The Road to Sunrise in Lilongwe during its premiere.

Apart from attending the opening ceremony of the Berlin International Film Festival, the tour is expected to take Joyah to several platforms attached to films.

He is expected back on February 20 2019.

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