The Vision of Wangari Maathai, a film by Lisa Merton and Alan Dater

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June 2018

Taking Root screening – Caspar, California

June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Caspar Community Center

Taking Root will be screened at the Caspar Community Center, 15051 Caspar Road on Wednesday, June 6th at 7:00 pm. Suggested donation $10. The filmmakers will be available in person for a Q&A following the film. 

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May 2018

Taking Root screening – Natick, Massachusetts

May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Hosted by Occupy Natick, Taking Root will be screened at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Sherrill Hall, 39 E. Central St., Natick, MA on Monday May 21st from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The filmmakers will be available for a live Q&A following the film.

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Taking Root screening – Burlington, VT

May 19 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sponsored by Keep the Park Green, Taking Root will be screened at Main Street Landing House, 60 Lake Street, Burlington, VT on Saturday, May 19th at 4:00 pm and again at 7:30 pm. The filmmaker will be available for a Q&A following each showing. The event is free.

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June 2017

Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai at Union Theological Seminary

June 16, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

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July 2016

Screening of Taking Root at The Museum of Ethnology in Zurich, Switzerland

July 7, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

What: Screening of Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai When: Thursday, July 7th, 2016, 7:00 - 8:00 pm Where: The Museum of Ethnology in Switzerland For more information about the event visit us here

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March 2016

Portland EcoFilm Festival

March 31, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, 97212)
Portland, OR United States
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The Portland EcoFilm Festival is the environmental programming arm of the Hollywood Theatre, a non-profit art-house movie theater. The film is being presented in partnership with Friends Of Trees, as part of "Feminist March", the Hollywood Theatre's month-long tribute to women in the media arts. Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai will be screened on Thursday, March 31 at 7:30 PM. Portland EcoFilm Festival EcoFilm Festival Facebook EcoFilm Festival Twitter

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One Earth Film Festival

March 5, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
St. Benedict the African- East Catholic Church, 340 W. 66th St.
Chicago, IL United States
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One Earth Film Festival (OEFF) is the Midwest’s premier environmental film festival.  Their 5th annual event will be taking place March 4 - 6, 2016 in the Chicagoland area. The festival is presented by Green Community Connections, a community non-profit organization, which produces the festival for purposes of sustainability education and awareness. All films are free of charge. Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai will be screened on Saturday, March 5th at 12:30 PM.  The film was screened in the five years ago in the…

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February 2016

FLO Film Festival: Reel Woman Power

February 20, 2016 @ 3:10 pm - 5:00 pm
Films Division Complex Mumbai, India + Google Map

The FLO Film Festival: Reel Woman Power, the first ever women- and girl-themed film festival in India, is taking place in Mumbai, India February 18-20. The Festival is being presented by Women and Girls Lead Global as part of a the Global Symposium Gender in Media in partnership with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, FICCI FLO, ITVS and WGLG. Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai will be screened on Feb. 20 at 3:10 PM FLO Film…

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October 2015

Taking Root Screening – Rock Tavern, NY

October 24, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 9 Vance Road
Rock Tavern, NY United States
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$5-10 donation welcomed. No one turned away for lack of funds. Discussion and light refreshments follow.

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September 2015

PAWA Film Forum, PAWA254

September 23, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mageuzi Theater Nairobi, Kenya + Google Map

The screening will be followed by an interactive forum that will include panelists Wanjira Mathai of the Wangari Maathai Foundation and Aisha Karanja of The Green Belt Movement. Other panelist announcements to follow.  

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a film by
Lisa Merton and Alan Dater

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