THE ISLAND PRESIDENT sponsored by The Center for Biological Diversity and in collaboration with Vineyard Conservation SocietyUK | 2011 | 101 minutes | Rated PG | Documentary
Wednesday August 13, 2014
$12 General Admission, $9 Member,
$7 child age 14 or younger
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ON FEBRUARY 7, 2012, MOHAMED NASHEED RESIGNED THE PRESIDENCY UNDER THE THREAT OF VIOLENCE IN A COUP D’ETAT PERPETRATED BY SECURITY FORCES LOYAL TO THE FORMER DICTATOR. THIS FILM IS THE STORY OF HIS FIRST YEAR IN OFFICE.
Jon Shenk’s 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.
The Island President captures Nasheed’s first year of office, culminating in his trip to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, where the film provides a rare glimpse of the political horse-trading that goes on at such a top-level global assembly. Nasheed is unusually candid about revealing his strategies—leveraging the Maldives’ underdog position as a tiny country, harnessing the power of media, and overcoming deadlocks through an appeal to unity with other developing nations. When hope fades for a written accord to be signed, Nasheed makes a stirring speech which salvages an agreement. Despite the modest size of his country, Mohamed Nasheed has become one of the leading international voices for urgent action on climate change.
The Center for Biological Diversity is sponsoring this event. The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 750,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places. ~ ~ www.biologicaldiversity.org
"Nasheed is indeed inspirational, a coop-headed but passionate and courageous guy. You end up wishing a lot more leaders were like this." -Tom Long, THE DETROIT NEWS
"Powerful...compelling and thought provoking. THE ISLAND PRESIDENT is heartening and unsettling by turns." -Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Winner Peoples Choice Awards Best Documentary Toronto International Film Festival, Official Selection Telluride Film Festival