The Island President

The Island President
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The Island President
USA, 2011, 101 Minute Running Time
Topics: Documentary, Environment
Program: True Stories
Language: English, Dhivehi English Sub-Titles

Awards: Toronto International Film Festival 2011 (Audience Award, Documentary)

When former political prisoner Mohamed Nasheed was elected President of the Maldives in 2008 and introduced democratic rule, his greatest challenge still lay ahead of him. The Maldives are one of the most low-lying countries in the world; if the sea level rises as little as three feet, it would render the 1200 islands uninhabitable, eliminating the country and its culture. John Shenk’s documentary follows Nasheed’s first year in office, culminating in his stirring participation in the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009. The film offers a rare glimpse of the internal dynamics of such an event. Modest in size and usually a bit player on the world stage, the Maldives nevertheless took on a significant role in the historic assembly. Nasheed’s candor, charm and humor in conjunction with his sincere dedication to the cause suggest he’s more a champion of the people than a conventional politician. His charisma, along with the film’s stunning cinematography (photographed by Shenk himself) and the rousing music of Radiohead, add up to a revelatory portrait of a little known country and its struggle for survival.

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Producer: Bonni Cohen, Richard Berge
Editor: Pedro Kos
Cinematographer: Jon Shenk
Music: Radiohead, Stars of the Lid
Principal Cast: President Mohamed Nasheed
Filmography: The New Heroes (2005), Lost Boys of Sudan (2004)
Print Source: Samuel Goldwyn Films -

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