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

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  • 80-minute feature with closed captions
  • 53-minute broadcast version with closed captions
  • and many extras (see below)

Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai
Educational & Community Organization Use DVD

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DVD Extras:

  • Conditions on the Land [1:34]
  • Wangari in the Indigenous Aberdare Forest [10:23]
  • Culture and Colonialism [7:35]
  • The Fig Tree and Praying for Rain [0:40]
  • Mau Mau [3:56]
  • The Years of Fear [5:28]
  • The Green Belt Movement
    • Programs and Goals [0:44]
    • Environmental Conservation and Tree Planting [10:34]
    • Civic and Environmental Education Workshops. (CEE) [7:06]
    • Food Security: CEE Workshop [4:14]
    • The “Hut Tax”: CEE Workshop [3:03]
    • Women for Change [8:01]
    • The Kahuro Market Story [2:48]
  • The Karura Forest Protests [6:13]
  • Wangari: The Early Years [6:10]
  • Wangari: “A Strong African Woman,” from a BBC interview [4:49]
  • Wangari: The Hummingbird Story [2:31]
  • The Nobel Peace Prize [4:41]

ISBN: 978-1-57448-237-9

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