|The Island President
A film by Jon Shenk
101 minutes, documentary, color, English, 2011
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.
A film about one man's mission to save his nation and perhaps the planet, The Island President is a riveting, uplifting story that is impossible to take your eyes off of.
President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives is confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced - the survival of his country and everyone in it. Nasheed, who brought democracy to the Maldives after decades of despotic rule, now faces 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 and make them uninhabitable. A classic David and Goliath tale, The Island President captures Nasheed's battle to stop global warming - and save his country.
A film by Jon Shenk (Lost Boys of Sudan). Music by Radiohead and Stars of the Lid.
Winner of the Sundance Institute Hilton Lightstay Sustainability Award
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"Wonderfully vivid! A riveting, visually dazzling film." - Washington Post
"Extraordinary access, spectacular footage." - The New York Times
"High drama... Fascinating!" - The Wall Street Journal
"Astonishing...documents a brave battle against overwhelming odds." - Variety
"An engaging, gorgeously photographed documentary." - Minneapolis Star Tribune
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"Inspiring! A Mandela-like tale of political heroism." - The Hollywood Reporter
● Interview with Director Jon Shenk