Screening - TAKING ROOT: THE STORY OF WANGARI MAATHAI

TAKING ROOT: THE STORY OF WANGARI MAATHAI

Time

Date

Location

Adminssion

4:00pm

Thursday October 6, 2011

COMMON GROUND TENT

FREE

Directors/Producers
Lisa Merton and Alan Dater
Director of Photography
Alan Dater
Country

Kenya (2008)

Running time

Language

Genre

54 mins

English

Documentary

Synopsis

Planting trees for fuel, shade, and food is not something that anyone would imagine as the first step toward winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Yet with that simple act Wangari Maathai, a woman born in rural Kenya, started down the path that reclaimed her country’s land from 100 years of deforestation, provided new sources of food and income to rural communities, gave previously impoverished and powerless women a vital political role in their country, and ultimately helped to bring down Kenya's twenty-four-year dictatorship.