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ITVS Cinema Free Film: Taking Root

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The Wilkinson Public Library will host another free film in the ITVS Community Cinema Series. "Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai" documents dramatic political confrontations of the 1980s and 1990s in Kenya and captures Maathai’s infectious determination and unwavering courage through in-depth conversations with the film’s subjects. Three decades ago, Wangari Maathai suggested to rural women in her native Kenya that they plant trees for firewood and to stop soil erosion — an act that grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, defend human rights, and fight government injustice. The tree-planting groups that formed gave the women a reason to come together and become involved in resolving their communities’ challenges.