Sustainability Series: TAKING ROOT

Watch Trailer Director: Lisa Merton/Alan Dater
Cast: Larisa Eryomina, Njogu Kahare, Leah Kisomo

 

Available to watch November 16th – 18th, 2020

Post-show Zoom discussion at 8:30PM on Wednesday, Nov 18th

 

How to watch

Watch free films from the Fall Sustainability Series lineup and participate in virtual discussions from home!

To participate, please register for each event using the registration below. An email will be delivered to you when the film becomes available to stream, containing a link to watch and a link to the Zoom discussion. All Zoom discussions will take place on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. Registrants will have access to films in advance, though we recommend viewing the films on the day of the panel discussion.

About the film

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.

About the series

Athena Cinema, University Libraries and Environmental Studies Program present the 8th annual Sustainability Film Series. For the first time ever, the series will be presented virtually.

In keeping with all previous series, each film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring faculty members, students and community members.

Please join us for a conversation following these beautiful, thought-provoking and timely films.

“These young people are saying we all have a right to know what is in the air we breathe, in the water we drink, and the food we eat. It is our responsibility to leave this planet cleaner and greener. That must be our legacy.”

— Representative John Lewis on youth climate activists, September 2019

The fall screenings highlight new releases and classic films that explore diverse topics with the central theme of racial and social justice. We choose films that engage and challenge the audience to integrate the information from these stories into their everyday life, as well as delve into solutions. Through the series we aim to bring together students, faculty and regional community members. The program recognizes the strength of this integration, coming together and learning from each other.

The series is possible thanks to the support of: Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, OHIO Honors Program, Honors Tutorial College, Cutler Scholars, Climate Ambassadors,  Office of Sustainability, Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council, Center for Campus & Community Engagement, University College, and others.

Free admission and post-show discussion, as part of the Fall Virtual Sustainability Series.

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Running Time: 81 minutes81 MIN
This Film is Wheelchair Accessible

...presents an awe-inspiring profile of one woman's three-decade journey of courage to protect the environment, ensure gender equality, defend human rights and promote democracy—all sprouting from the achievable act of planting trees.

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