Director: Jon Shenk
Country/Year: USA/Maldives, 2012
Running Time: 101mins
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An inspiring, pictorially dazzling documentary from one of the Bay Area’s most exciting filmmakers! 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 film follows Nasheed during his first year in office, culminating with a stirring speech given at the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009. Just this February, Nasheed was forced out of office in a coup d’etat, lending this film an unusual timeliness and poignancy.
Co Presenters Earth Island Institute, 350.org, SF Green Film Festival, United Nations Association Film Festival, Alliance of South Asians Taking Action, Asia Pacific Environmental Network, Eco Tuesday, Bay Area Video Coalition