Friday, August 26, 2011

Wangari Maathai - A Dramatic Story - Part 1

An activist, an environmentalist, a farmer, a politician, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, a no-nonsense leader, A WOMAN! 

Dr. Wangari Maathai's story begins with the act of planting trees for fuel, shade and food and peaks with her a award of the Nobel Peace Prize. 

Dr. Maathai is a woman born in rural Kenya, who 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.

Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai is a documentary film documenting the dramatic story of a woman  whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy—a movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration.

The film weaves a compelling and dramatic narrative of her personal journey in the context of the turbulent political and environmental history of her country.

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