The Vision of Wangari Maathai

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Wangari Maathai

Taking Root tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai 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.

Taking Root is the most comprehensive, in-depth film about Wangari Maathai available. It was made in close collaboration with her during the last decade of her life.

The new multiple-language international edition DVDs of Taking Root were inspired by Wangari's intention to suppport communities around the world who are dealing with deforestation and connected issues.