Tu 10/16: BloomScreen: Taking Root – The Vision of Wangari Maathai

Tuesday, October 16th at 7:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate the remarkable life of Wangari Maathai, and highlight her courageous 30-year journey to protect the integrally connected issues of the environment, human rights, and democracy!

Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai (2008, 81 min), by Lisa Merton and Alan Dater – tells the story of the Green Belt Movement of Kenya and its founder Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, and one of the world’s most important ecologists.

Wangari Maathai discovered her life’s work by reconnecting with the rural women with whom she had grown up. Through the deceptively simple act of women planting trees, they changed a nation. They worked successively against deforestation, poverty, ignorance, and government corruption, until they became a national political force that helped to bring down Kenya’s 24-year dictatorship.

The screening will be followed by audience discussion and Q&A.

*Suggested Donation: $10. Proceeds support BloomBars. Free organic popcorn.

BloomScreen Indie Film Night – is a weekly series of independent and foreign films, accompanied by discussions with filmmakers, experts, and other guests.

Directions: The location is a 7 minute walk from Columbia Heights METRO, and parking garages at Target and at Giant. Street parking available on 11th St and Kenyon St – next to Tubman ES.