Film focuses on ‘The Vision of Wangari Maathai’

By From page B2 | April 07, 2014

Screening Wednesday, April 9 at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, “Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai” is at once an environmental, historical and human rights documentary.

The award-winning film follows the remarkable life of Wangari Maathai of Kenya as she launches a Green Belt movement in the ’70s to plant trees in areas that have been deforested.

Through her work, the villagers came to recognize the importance of trees in their water and food supply. They realize that they have to take care of the environment in order to survive.

Maathaiʼs grassroots group of mostly women planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights and defend democracy. The film takes an unflinching look at protests, beatings, imprisonment and celebrations.

“I am a big fan of grassroots movements,” commented Patty Wilson of the Coalition for Change. “This film shows the power of regular people finding their voices and coming together to make a huge and lasting difference in their country. In this case, it started with one voice that shook up an entire nation.”

Maathai was awarded the Noble Peace Prize in 2004 for her efforts in educating Kenyans on how to stand up and protect what is important to them. She is also the first woman in Eastern Africa to earn a Ph.d.

Bob Johnson of the Sierra Club said of Maathai, “Her courage and perseverance are remarkable. Her goal has just been to do the right thing.”

The film series, co-sponsored by the Sierra Club and Coalition for Change, has been well-attended by the community. Doors for the film at the Cozmic open at 6 p.m. with the documentary starting at 6:30 p.m. Food service ends at 6 p.m.

A $3 donation is appreciated to help cover the cost of the room rental.

“The Big Fix” will be screened May 14.

For additional information e-mail [email protected]

Coalition For Change

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