Lisa Merton

Alan  Dater, Lisa Merton

Alan Dater, Lisa Merton

Lisa Merton and Alan Dater have been working together on the production of documentary films since 1989. Their productions include: Home to Tibet, a film about a Tibetan refugee’s return to his homeland, shown on many PBS stations, and at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam; Bridge of Fire, the story of the collaboration of a Japanese potter and a Vermonter potter, winner of a Cine Golden Eagle and The Best Media Work at the Montreal Festival of Films on Art, also screened at the Museum of Modern Art and the Louvre; and Wolf Kahn: Landscape Painter, a portrait of the well known American painter, winner of a Cine Golden Eagle; and The World in Claire’s Classroom a documentary on a veteran Vermont public school teacher’s extraordinary vision.

Directors: Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai

Awards:
Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award 2008
Green Cinema Award – Maui Film Festival 2008

taking root

taking root

Planting trees for fuel is not something that anyone would imagine as the first step toward winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Yet with that simple act Wangari Maathai, a woman born in rural Kenya, started down the path that reclaimed her country’s land from 100 years of deforestation. video