Chiwetel Ejiofor's directorial debut goes on Netflix on March 1

Chiwetel's directorial debut
Chiwetel Ejiofor and actors William Kamkwamba, Maxwell Simba, Aissa Maiga [reuters]

Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is billed for release on Netflix on March 1, 2019.

Speaking on the movie, Ejiofor, who also featured in the movie said, "There's a strong appetite for these films and for a diversity of voices and for this idea that we're all kind of culturally enriched when we understand where different people are coming from.

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"Seeing stories... from one point of view is not very rewarding ultimately. I'm just looking forward to being a continuing part of that positive change," he said.

Continuing, the ‘12 Years a Slave' star said, “To get emotional truth of the story, I spent a lot of time with William.

"I came to Malawi to experience the book from the actual ground. I met his family, friends and saw the village where everything took place. 

"William, his family and people live these incredibly epic lives and that was something that I really found in the book. It's an epic story.”

‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ (based on the semi-autographical book of the same name) tells the story of a thirteen-year-old boy in Malawi who invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine.

The movie stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Maxwell Simba.

Chiwetel Umeadi Ejiofor was born in London's Forest Gate, to middle-class Nigerian parents. His father, Arinze, was a doctor, and his mother, Obiajulu, was a pharmacist. His younger sister is CNN correspondent Zain Asher.

In 1988, when Chiwetel was 11, during a family trip to Nigeria for a wedding, he and his father were driving to Lagos after the celebrations when their car was involved in a head-on crash with a lorry.

His father was killed, and Ejiofor was badly injured, and received scars that are still visible on his forehead.

Chiwetel began acting in school plays at his junior school,Dulwich Prep London, where he played the gravedigger in William Shakespear's Hamlet

He continued acting at his senior school, Dulwich College and joined the National Youth Theatre. He got into the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art but left after his first year, after being cast in Steven Spielberg's film Amistad.

He played the title role in Othello at Bloombury Theatre in September 1995, and again at the Theatre Royal, Glasglow in 1996 when he played opposite Rachael Stirling who played Desdemona.