Movie Night at West End: "Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai"

West End Library

Movie Night at West End: "Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai"

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 6 p.m.

Join us at West End Library for a screening of Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai!

Taking Root documents the uplifting story of the Green Belt Movement of Kenya, and its leader, Wangari Maathai--the first environmentalist and first African woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Maathai, a Professor of veterinary anatomy, discovered her calling through rekindling relationships with the rural women with whom she grew up. Their daily lives had become insufferable: they were forced to walk long distances for firewood; clean water grew ever scarce; the soil on their farms was disappearing; and many of their children suffered from malnutrition. By planting trees, Maathai learned that this simple act could have ripple effects, and drive change in her community. Through care for the environment, and teaching local communities about the power of self-knowledge and community-oriented social action, Maathai helped her community resist the enduring effects of colonialism, and successfully organize and protest against deforestation, poverty and violent political oppression.

Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai is not rated, and should end around 7:20 p.m.