Taking Root – the vision of Wangari Maathai
The 22nd edition of PAWAFilmForum is set to take place on September 23rd 2015 at 5.30pm and will showcase the Lisa Merton & Alan Dater film ‘Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai’.
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 Greenbelt Movement. Other panelist announcements to follow.
ABOUT THE FILM
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.
ABOUT THE WANGARI MAATHAI FOUNDATION:
The Wangari Maathai Foundation was established on March 6, 2015 to initiate and support projects that further the values, legacy, vision and commitment of Wangari Muta Maathai and her understanding of the interconnectedness of the environment, democracy and peace. The Wangari Muta Maathai House will be the flagship project of the Wangari Maathai Foundation.
ABOUT THE GREEN BELT MOVEMENT:
The Green Belt Movement (GBM) is an environmental organization that empowers communities, particularly women, to conserve the environment and improve livelihoods. GBM was founded by Professor Wangari Maathai in 1977 under the auspices of the National Council of Women of Kenya (NCWK) to respond to the needs of rural Kenyan women who reported that their streams were drying up, their food supply was less secure, and they had to walk further and further to get firewood for fuel and fencing. GBM encouraged the women to work together to grow seedlings and plant trees to bind the soil, store rainwater, provide food and firewood, and receive a small monetary token for their work.