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Taking Root

TAKING ROOT: THE VISION OF WANGARI MAATHAI

ORIGINAL TITLE:
Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai
USA / 2008 / 81 min
DIRECTOR:
LISA MERTON & ALAN DATER
The inspiring life story of environmental activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai

Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, the first East African woman to receive a PhD, began her environmental and political activism in the 1970's when she established Green Belt Movement, an organization that worked with rural women to help them plant trees and thus overcome the effects of deforestation projects and soil erosion. Maathai and her organization quickly became a strong voice for grassroot democracy that the Kenyan dictatorship of the 1980's saw as a threat. In the face of danger and violence, Maathai led a courageous battle for environment and human rights that eventually changed Kenya.

LISA MERTON & ALAN DATER

Alan Dater and Lisa Merton have worked together on the production of documentary films since 1989. Their productions include HOME TO TIBET, BRIDGE OF FIRE, WOLF KAHN: LANDSCAPE PAINTER and THE WORLD IN CLAIRE'S CLASSROOM (2000). Together they run the production company Marlboro Productions