Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai
"I always say that the burden is on those who know. Those who don't know are at peace. It's those of us who know that get disturbed and are forced to take action." - Wangari Maathai
TAKING ROOT travels inside the world of one of today's most respected and inspired human rights and environmental activists, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai. Maathai's groundbreaking work began in the 1970s in her native Kenya, where in opposition to an entrenched dictatorship, she nevertheless mobilized over one million Kenyans to take action against the destruction of their lands and the silencing of their voices. Now in its third decade, Maathai's Green Belt Movement has helped transform Kenya's physical, cultural and political landscape through its advocacy for sustainable development.

Through Maathai's rich, tumultuous and uplifting life, TAKING ROOT will show how her work addresses this seminal and most urgent question of our time - how do we preserve our environment, while also meeting people's needs? Maathai's deep understanding of the linkage between culture, conservation of biodiversity and a sense of individual dignity have been and continue to be paramount in her success as a visionary leader in Africa, and as an example to the rest of the world.

Current Status: We are now in the process of submitting TAKING ROOT to film festivals. We will post festival screenings on our new website: takingrootfilm.com

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