The Blood of the Rose
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The Blood of the Rose
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The extraordinary life and brutal death of filmmaker-turned-conservationist Joan Root and her campaign to save her beloved Lake Naivasha in Kenya.

Who killed Joan Root? Was it the fish poachers, whom Root stopped from plying their illegal trade in a bid to save the lake?  Was it her once-loyal staff member Chege, whom Root ultimately cut off from her payroll? Or was it someone closer to home?  Through telling the story, the film opens a window onto the simmering tensions in an Africa still emerging from colonialism and anxious to take its place in the global economy.

For it is the Kenyan rose, which is exported by the millions from Naivasha to Britain and to the rest of the world, that has brought – not just jobs and foreign exchange earnings – but the environmental destruction that Root worked so hard to stop and which may have ultimately cost her her life.


It is rare to review a perfect film… This beautifully shot film contained anything you could want from a narrative in fact or fiction…

— The Times

This was one time when reality lived up to fiction… A terrific story

— The Sunday Times

Nothing is as it seems in this brilliant film, from the maker of ‘The Falling Man’… It’s a gripping and unforgettable watch that matches any fictional thriller

— The Daily Mail

An extraordinary film… Part whodunit, part character study, and part environmental tract, it’s whole is utterly gripping

— Time Out