May Free Movie: Taking Root

The Vision of Wangari Maathai

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.

What: Free movie and discussion: Taking Root
When: Monday, May 21st, 7-9p.m.
Where: Sherrill Hall (St. Paul’s), 39 E. Central Street, Natick, MA
What Else: Free parking. Light Refreshments. Wheelchair accessible.

cover of Taking Root DVD

Director’s Statement

Lisa Merton:

We first met Wangari Maathai in the spring of 2002 at Yale University where she was a guest professor. We had been asked to do an interview with her for a possible short film; the idea of a short film was immediately abandoned. Wangari’s was a big life, an exemplary life that the world needed to hear about.

I have never been so moved, captivated and inspired by anyone’s story as I was by Wangari Maathai’s. It was not only what she had done but the way she had done it; it was also her presence and her skill as a storyteller. She was of it, completely part of the story she was telling – a filmmaker’s dream! She was spellbinding, funny, delighted, expressive and full of life. I had never met a person of such courage, one who had risked her life for the truth. Her story was organic; her rural roots connected her deeply to the earth, and despite her education and years in academia, she had never lost that connectedness.[Source]




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