Plays Tuesday, April 23rd at 6:00 pm
PG, 1 hr. 41 min.
The Island President is the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced – the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. After bringing democracy to the Maldives after thirty years of despotic rule, Nasheed is now faced with an even greater challenge: as one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives enough to make them uninhabitable. A classic David and Goliath tale, The Island President captures Nasheed’s first year in office, culminating in his trip to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009 where the film provides a rare and unprecedented glimpse of the political horse-trading that goes on between world leaders at such a top-level global assembly. — (C) Samuel Goldwyn
“Nasheed is indeed inspirational, a cool-headed but passionate and courageous guy. You end up wishing a lot more leaders were like this.”
- Tom Long, THE DETROIT NEWS
“4 out of 5 stars … Grabbing hold of a sprawling documentary film topic like the crisis of global warming is difficult but director Jon Shenk accomplishes that and more in THE ISLAND PRESIDENT.”
- Steve Ramos, UPCOMING-MOVIES.com