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The winner of the Grand Jury Prize was Ben Nabors’ portrait of what happens after a young Malawian man receives international attention for teaching himself how to build a working windmill out of junk parts (pictured above). William Kamkwaba’s story is somewhat well-known, the subject of a popular book, and covered in various media appearances, aided by his proud mentor, TED’s Tom Rielly. Smartly, Nabors focuses less on the backstory and more on the results of William’s unexpected fame – educational opportunities that offer hope for real advancement not only for the reserved young man, but for his family and community. It’s a hopeful, but at the same time not entirely simple story, as William faces culture shock, the downsides of celebrity, and the pressures of having to live up to the “boy genius” myth propagated by his earlier accomplishments.