“William and the Windmill” wins Grand Jury Award at SXSW

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William-and-the-Windmill-mainLast night at SXSW, William and the Windmill was awarded one of the festival’s top two honors, taking home Grand Jury Award for Documentary Feature. [ted_talkteaser id=642] The film tells the story of TED Speaker William Kamkwamba, who has come to be known by the title of his memoir, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. At age 14, Kamkwamba built a windmill out of junk parts, adapting a design he saw in a library book in order to provide electricity for his family in rural Malawi. This incredible feat of engineering caught our attention, and he was invited to speak at TED Global 2007. His 6-minute talk, called “How I harnessed the wind,” was life-changing and catapulted him from regular teenager to international energy superstar.

William and the Windmill, directed by Ben Nabors and starring TED’s own Tom Rielly, who became Kamkwamba’s mentor, follows Kamkwamba’s…

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