The Island President

Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  101 min.
Release Date: June 15, 2012 (limited)

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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 residing in it.

After leading a 21-year pro-democracy movement against the brutal regime of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, during which he survived repeated imprisonments and torture, Nasheed became president at the age of 41, only to encounter a far more implacable adversary than a dictator—the ocean.

The 1200 islands of the Maldives would become unlivable if there were a rise of just three meters in sea level. Unless dramatic changes are made by the larger countries of the world, the Maldives is in danger of disappearing under the sea.

Director: Jon Shenk
Studio: KinoSmith
Producer(s): Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen
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  • 4 stars "Very nicely presented, and very satisfying. I think that this documentary is one of the most extensive looks into the backstage events that happened in Copenhagen, and is a truly delightfully detailed first-hand account of the troubles and worries of the president of the Maldives. I have yet to see another head of state allowing such a thing to be done. Congratulations, President Mohamed Nasheed, and congratulations, maldives: this movie will capture the world’s attention :)"