Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai

A FILM BY Alan Dater, Lisa Merton

Lucid, lovingly crafted pic...
-Ronnie Scheib, Variety


One person can make a difference! TAKING ROOT tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai whose simple act of planting trees grew into Kenya's "Greenbelt Movement" —a globally recognized movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration. TAKING ROOT details how Maathai mobilized women to rally against deforestation, poverty, embedded economic interests, and government corruption ... becoming a national political force that helped to bring down Kenya's 24-year dictatorship. TAKING ROOT captures a world view in which nothing is perceived as impossible ...

Theatrical Release Date

Original Languages: English
Genre: Documentary, Environment
Running Time: 80 min.
Year: 2008


Alan Dater, Lisa Merton