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Africa Month Film Screenings

5 May 2017 - 10:45

UCT Libraries will be celebrating women@work for Africa month in May with 2 African film screenings

 

TAKING ROOT: THE VISION OF WANGARI MAATHAI

Wednesday 10 May, 13h00 - 14h00 in Hlanganani Junction

Director: Lisa Merton & Alan Dater: USA/ Kenya, 2008

Producer: Lisa Merton and Alan Dater ; a Marlboro Production for New Day Films.

  • Taking Root tells the story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai, whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide Green Belt Movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy.

 

UMOJA : NO MEN ALLOWED

Wednesday 24 May, 13h00 - 14h00 in Hlanganani Junction

Director: Elizabeth Tadic: Australia / Kenya, 2010

Writer:  Elizabeth Tadic

Producer:, Elizabeth Tadic and Selene Alcock; distributed by Women Make Movies. 

  • Umoja tells the life-changing story of a group of impoverished tribal Samburu women in Northern Kenya who turn age-old patriarchy on its head. Their story began in the 1990’s, when several hundred women accused British soldiers from a nearby militry base of rape. In keeping with traditional Samburu customs, the women were cast out by their husbands for bringing shame to their families. Rebecca Lolosoli, a tireless women’s rights advocate, helps establish a women-only village, Umoja. Soon the women turn their fate around, launching a successful business-which incurs the men’s jealousy and wrath, setting off an unusual, occasionally hilarious, gender war.