In his feature directorial debut, Chiwetel Ejiofor examines the troubling dynamics of family, government, and love through the eyes of a brilliant young boy named William Kamkwamba who builds a wind turbine in his Malawi village. By focusing on William and using his point of view to guide the narrative, the film is more optimistic and less devastating than it could have been. Perhaps the best moments are when characters defy what they know and shamelessly pronounce their beliefs. The use of the Chichewa language throughout the film paired with the naturalness of the characters in the village creates a strong sense of place. Ejiofor captures perfectly the heart of a town struggling to prosper, a family fighting to survive, and a young boy who just wants to keep the world as he knows it alive and well.