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When logging devastated Kenyan landscapes, women were left trying to subsist in an inhospitable environment. Firewood, clean water, and fertile soil were scarce. As a result, children were suffering malnutrition. "Well, why not plant trees?" suggested Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai. Seedling by seedling, lives were reclaimed. Taking Root details how Maathai led Kenya's Green Belt Movement composed of women who rallied against deforestation, poverty, embedded economic interests, and government corruption. Together, they became a national political force that helped to bring down Kenya's 24-year dictatorship.
"...proof that one small voice of dissent can shake nations. It's news we need to hear." -- Brian Miles, NASHVILLE SCENE
"A wonderful film, which both informs and inspires in the best of ways." -- Sean Farnell, HOT DOCS
"Lucid, lovingly crafted pic..." -- Ronnie Scheib, VARIETY
"This film exceeds even my high hopes...It proves that courage is contagious." -- Frances Moore Lappé, AUTHOR: GETTING A GRIP; DIET FOR A SMALL PLANET
"Wangari Maatha...is the embodiment and promise of the global environmental justice movement." -- Nehanda Imara, Merritt College