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William and the Windmill

Screens: 8pm Thursday; 2pm Sunday at Arc. 92 minutes, US.

This documentary follows a  Malawi teenager, William Kamkwamba, who teaches himself to build an energy-generating windmill from scrap parts.

With only a text book as his guide, William's ingenuity and perseverance helps rescue his farming village from famine and, in the process, opens up a world of unexpected opportunity when an American entrepreneur is inspired by his achievement.

New York-based film-maker Ben Nabors, who spent five years following and filming William in Malawi, South Africa (where he attended boarding school) and the US, told the Malawi News Agency recently that he was impressed by William's commitment to his community.

''It is not easy to transition between countries and cultures, but William handles it remarkably well,'' Nabors said.

''He is an amazing individual, not just for his invention of a windmill, but for how he continues to pursue his personal goals of education and alternative energy sources, as well as motivate others to dream big.''

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The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Trent Smyth, Malawi's honorary consul and head of mission.

CIFF