We’ve written about her a number of times on S&A, so some may be familiar already.
In 2004, she became the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize – Kenyan political and environmental activist Wangari Maathai who died last September at age 71, losing a lengthy battle with cancer.
Starting this Thursday, PBS’s reknowned Independent Lens series will broadcast the documentary, Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai, which documents the story of Kenya’s Green Belt Movement, a grassroots organization encouraging rural women and families to plant trees in community groups, and centers on Maathai, the movement’s founder, as she fights to reclaim Kenya’s land from a century of deforestation, while providing new sources of livelihood to rural communities.
The film follows her three-decade journey to protect the environment, ensure gender equality, defend human rights and promote democracy – all sprouting from the rather simple act of planting trees.
Lisa Merton and Alan Dater directed the production which originally aired lsat spring on the PBS network Independent Lens series, and will receive an encore series of broadcasts starting this Thursday, on PBS.
It’s recommended that you check your local PBS station listings to find out when exactly it’ll air in your area. For New Yorkers, since that’s where I live, I can tell you that it won’t air until January 11, according to PBS’s website.
The film is also on DVD by the way, and can be purchased via the film’s website HERE (though it’ll cost you $30, plus shipping).
Here’s a preview: