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Highly regarded films at BUEI on Sunday

The documentary film William and the Windmill is to screen on Sunday at the BUEI (Photograph supplied)

An award-winning documentary and an acclaimed drama featuring a stellar ensemble cast are to screen at the Weekend Film Series on Sunday.

Screening at 3pm at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, William and the Windmill tells the story of Malawian William Kamkwamba, the son of farmers, who was just 14 when he was forced to drop out of school due to a devastating famine.

Undeterred, William turned to self-education and built a windmill from scrapyard parts that not only rescued his family but launched him onto the world stage.

Fame and recognition followed William’s achievements and his life was fundamentally transformed as the film followed him from the ages of 19 to 24.

Staggering opportunities, a world-class education, international relocation and new-found village responsibilities led to unforeseen conflict, stress, and cultural isolation.

This is a story about a complex young man straddling two cultures, carrying the burden of his past achievements while boldly pursuing a bright future. The film won the top documentary prize at the SXSW Film Festival.

The film, which is unrated, is in English and Chichewa with English subtitles.

Screening at 5.15pm, Indignation is 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 Newark, New Jersey, travels on scholarship to a small, conservative college in Ohio, thus exempting him from being drafted into the Korean War.

But once there, Marcus’s infatuation with his beautiful classmate Olivia Hutton (Sarah Gadon) and his clashes with the college’s imposing Dean, Hawes Caudwell (Tracy Letts, the only person to win both a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize), put his and his family’s plans to the ultimate test.

The film is rated ‘R’ for “sexual content and some language”.

Tickets for both films are on sale now at the Oceans Gift Shop, BUEI, or by calling 294-0204. Trailers of the films can be viewed at www.bermudadocs.com.