Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directing debut The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind will kick off the New York International Children’s Film Festival. The 22nd annual fest runs from February 22nd through March 17 and will feature live action, documentary, VR, and experimental shorts from over 30 countries.
Based on William Kamkwamba’s memoir, the narrative centers on a determined young boy who saves his Malawian village from famine. Ejiofor, whose previous credits include 12 Years a Slave and Secret In Their Eyes, also penned the screenplay and co-stars in the feature (the feature also debuts on Netflix on March 1).
Other films spotlighted in the fest includes the animated adventure Pachamama and My Extraordinary Summer With Tess. For more information on the festival (tickets go on sale January 23), go to www.nyicff.org.