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Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai

Taking Root pays homage to Wangari Maathai, winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize. Maathai was a spiritual leader and passionate advocate for women's rights, democracy and the environment in Kenya. Imprisoned and beaten repeatedly for her courageous stands on these issues, Wangari Maathai brought hope and economic gain to thousands of Kenyans. Emmy-Award winner Alan Dater and his wife, artist and educator Lisa Merton, followed Maathai for several years and brought to light formative events in her life in Kenya. They traced the turbulent history of the Green Belt Movement founded by Maathai, which became the vehicle for Kenya's women's rights and pro-democracy movements.

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Wangari called on individuals throughout the world to plant and maintain 1 billion trees to fight global warming. Taking Root, her story, is available on DVD.

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