Taking Root

Lisa Merton, Alan Dater, Kenya, 2008

80 min.Documentary

"Taking Root" tells the story of the Green Belt Movement of Kenya and its
founder Wangari Maathai, the first environmentalist and first African woman to win
the Nobel Peace Prize. In response to rural women's problems stemming from a
degraded environment, Maathai suggested they plant trees. Starting with this
simple act, these women worked successively against deforestation, poverty, and
violent political oppression until they became a political force that helped to bring
down Kenya's 24-year dictatorship. "Taking Root" follows Maathai's courageous
thirty-year journey to safeguard the environment, democracy and peace.
Basic information Credits
Original title Taking Root
Danish title Taking Root
Other titles The vision of Wangari Maathai
Director Lisa Merton, Alan Dater
Producer Lisa Merton, Alan Dater
Director of Photography Alan Dater
Editor Mary Lampson, Tom Haneke, Jim Klein, Alan Dater
Composer Samite
Appearance Wangari Maathai
Production country Kenya
Domestic distribution Spor Media
International sales Smiley
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 15
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Production company Marlboro Productions
Domestic distribution Spor Media


Direction Lisa Merton
Direction Alan Dater


Producer Lisa Merton
Producer Alan Dater


Cinematography Alan Dater


Editing Mary Lampson
Editing Tom Haneke
Editing Jim Klein
Editing Alan Dater
Editing supervisor Kamoji Wachiira


Music Samite


Recording engineer Tyler Gibbons
Recording engineer Eddah Kiruhi
Recording engineer Gichuru Ngoima
Recording engineer Roshika Dater-Merton
Sound mixer Tony Volante
Sound mixer Bill Markle

Visual effects

Online Ken Sirulnick
Colourist Ken Sirulnick


Appearance Wangari Maathai

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