February 19, 2010Planting Trees in Africa - Taking Root and Pumzi
February 20, 2010The Vanishing American West - Sweetgrass
February 21, 2010Suncoast Nature - Wild Orchid Man and The Phosphate Dilemma
February 22, 2010Under the Sea - A View from Below
February 23, 2010Urban and Suburban Community Gardens - The Nature of Cities, Beyond Organic and Homegrown Revolution
February 24, 2010Turning Trash into Cash in Cairo - Garbage Dreams and Eco Shorts
February 25, 2010Global Overfishing - End of the Line
February 26, 2010Man on the Moon - Moon
February 27, 2010Revisiting the Western -The Only Good Indian
Planting Trees in Africa - Taking Root and Pumzi
When: Friday, February 19, 2010, 7pm
Director: Wanuri Kahiu (English, 20m, 2010)
Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai
Directors: Lisa Merton and Alan Dater (English, 81m, 2008)
Two visionaries, one real and one from science fiction, risk it all to perform the revolutionary act of planting trees.
In Pumzi, Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu creates a vision of a dystopian future, in which there is no more life outside the self-contained domes. She becomes convinced that there is hope and escapes into the outer world, in an effort to bring back life. This powerful science fiction short, that recalls dystopian vision such as Road Warrior and THX-1138 but has its own distinctively African style, was selected for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai, considers the life work of the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts at educating rural women about ecology and self-empowerment. Their efforts to revitalize the local landscapes worked successfully against deforestation, poverty, ignorance, embedded economic interests, and violent political oppression.
This program is offered in collaboration with the International Cinema series.