TAKING ROOT: THE VISION OF WANGARI MAATHAI
TAKING ROOT: THE VISION OF WANGARI MAATHAI (USA, 2007, 81 min.)
One of today’s most respected and inspired human rights and environmental activists, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai and the grassroots movement she founded, the Green Belt Movement of Kenya, are profiled in this film. How they have transformed their country and our understanding of the integral connections among sustainable development, ecological diversity, human rights and democracy is shown. Maathai’s ground-breaking work began in the 1970s with the simple but profound act of planting trees for fuel and food as she mobilized over one million Kenyan women to take action against an entrenched dictatorship and the destruction of their lands. In the process they reclaimed their land from 100 years of deforestation, restored indigenous agriculture, provided new sources of income and gave previously impoverished and powerless women a vital role in their country. The small organization worked effectively against ignorance, prejudice, embedded economic interests and political oppression until they helped bring down Kenya’s dictatorship. Now in its third decade, the Green Belt Movement has helped to transform Kenya’s physical, cultural and political landscape through its advocacy for sustainable development. Maathai’s visionary understanding of the vital link between the health of the land, its people and its government stands as an example for Africa and the world. Directed and produced by Lisa Merton and Alan Dater.
Due to the recent turmoil in Kenya, filmmakers Lisa Merton and Alan Dater are in the process of substantially revising Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai. As a result, the March 15th screening of the film has regretfully been canceled.
THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELED. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.