Young Malawian William Kamkwamba (seen in the short documentary Moving Windmills) teaches himself to build a power-generating windmill from junk parts, successfully rescuing his family from poverty. William meets American entrepreneur Tom Rielly, who helps him imagine the future as they develop a unique, mentoring relationship. As William becomes an icon for energy production in the developing world, fame and popularity follow his achievements, and his life is fundamentally transformed.
This is the story of a complex young man facing unimaginable challenges, including poverty, famine, and lack of an education, at the same time that he’s being thrust head-on into the Western world. Staggering opportunities and newfound village responsibilities lead to unforeseen conflict, stress, and cultural isolation. As William struggles with his promising future, he privately yearns to distance himself from his famous windmill and to be recognized for who he is and what he may become, rather than for the great things he has already achieved. [subtitles]