This inspiring short film focuses on Professor Maathai and the women of the Green Belt Movement. With the simple act of teaching rural women to plant trees, Professor Maathai started a grassroots movement that changed the daily lives of thousands of families throughout Kenya. The essence and heart of the Green Belt Movement is captured with first-person interviews and colorful footage of the women's lives in Kenya.

Appropriate for all ages, "Planting Hope" is a great complement to tree-planting activities in the classroom, community group meetings or church groups.

Available now with subtitles in English, Spanish, French, German, Mandarin, Hindi and Swahili.

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Co-directed/produced by Lisa Merton & Alan Dater. (copyright) 2008.