William and The Windmill won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature at SXSW Film Festival. The film – part of our next Weekend Film Series on Sunday September 18 at 3pm – tells the story of William Kamkwamba, who was forced to drop out of school at the age of 14 due to a devastating famine in his native Malawi. Turning to self-education, William learned that windmills could pump water and generate electricity. He used scrapyard parts to build a functioning windmill that rescued his family from poverty, and attracted the attention of the larger world.
Indignation (5.15pm) is one of the most talked about films of the summer. Based on the Philip Roth novel of the same name, the film is set in 1951, as Marcus Messner (Logan Lerman), a brilliant working class Jewish student from New Jersey, travels on scholarship to a small, conservative college in Ohio, thus exempting him from being drafted into the Korean War. But his infatuation with classmate Olivia Hutton (Sarah Gadon) and clashes with the college Dean, Hawes Caldwell (Tracy Letts), threaten to wreck his family’s plans.
Both films will screen in the Tradewinds Auditorium of the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute.
You can purchase Weekend Film Series tickets ($15) by calling 294-0204, or by visiting the Oceans Gift Shop at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute.