Taking Root Documentary

The award-winning documentary 'Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai' by Lisa Merton & Alan Dater tells the inspiring story of GBM and its founder.

"It is the people who must save the environment. It is the people who must make their leaders change. And we cannot be intimidated. So we must stand up for what we believe in."

- Wangari Maathai

TAKING ROOT is a compelling documentary narrative about the first environmentalist and first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1977, Maathai suggested rural women plant trees to address problems stemming from a degraded environment. Under her leadership, their tree-planting grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, defend human rights and promote democracy, and brought Maathai the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.

This little gem captures the heart and soul of the Green Belt Movement, planting inspiration and joy.” – Wanjira Mathai, International Liaison, The Green Belt Movement.

Now Available for Online Purchase! 

You can buy your copy of the DVD online in English and now available in multi- language international edition DVDs. Recorded in 10 languages the international edition is designed to help people across the planet address environmental sustainability, human rights, and grassroots empowerment in their own communities.

(80 minute film plus extras on the Green Belt Movement and interviews with Wangari Maathai)

Original English

Multi-language Edition

Make a Difference Today in Your Community!

Download our free Action Guide (PDF) and learn how you get involved and spread the mission of the Green Belt Movement in your community. This step-by-step guide includes a variety of activities, tips and resources—serious and fun—ideal for everyone. Learn more about the work of Professor Wangari Maathai, discover the trees in your own neighbourhood and connect with other passionate and dedicated Green Belt Movement supporters!

Become an International Action Partner

Are you working with marginalized communities facing deforestation and related issues? Contact the filmmakers about obtaining and using multi-language DVDs as an International Action Partner, and connect with others who are using this film to inspire action around the world.