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Vermont International Film Festival › Films › Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai

Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai

| | 80 mins. | website

Directors Lisa Merton and Alan Dater

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Taking Root tells the story of the Green Belt Movement of Kenya and its founder Wangari Maathai, the first environmentalist and first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Starting with the simple act of planting trees, Maathai organized rural women to work successively against deforestation, poverty, and violent political oppression until they became a political force that helped bring down Kenya’s 24-year dictatorship.

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screening

Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai Q&A
Saturday, October 25, 2008 at 07:00 PM |

Followed by a discussion with the filmmaker

Sunday, October 26, 2008 at 03:30 PM |

Preceded by the short film “Olta - The Barb” [3:30 mins.]