Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017 Presented by Dollar Bank

The Island President


Year: 2011
Run Time: 101 minutes

The Island President
The Island President
The Island President

Americans love an underdog, and there is no more an underdog in the fight for climate awareness than the Maldives. The world's lowest lying nation, the Maldives are a string of over 2,000 islands in the Indian Ocean where the totalitarian rule of their previous regime lasted decades and imprisoned many of its citizens. But now the island nation fears for its existence from a far larger and more determined enemy: climate change. THE ISLAND PRESIDENT follows the charming Mohamed Nasheed who was once a political prisoner. But now, as the president who has brought democracy to his people, he must face the fight for their existence. In the months leading up to the Copenhagen Climate Summit of 2009, Nasheed must try to change the focus of climate change to carbon reduction, while facing much larger and stubborn nations like China, the United States, and the Maldives' neighbors in India. Inspiring in his convictions and determined in his fight, Nasheed is the underdog who has one chance to make history, so he can change the future. (In English and Dhivehi with subtitles) –T.W.

The Island President

CIFF36 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Friday, March 30, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Standing Up Competition
It's Easy Being Green

Jon Shenk

Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou

Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano

Mathieu Vadepied

Dorian Rigal-Ansous

Principal Cast
François Cluzet, Omar Sy

Director Bio
Yale and Stanford educated, Jon Shenk has spent his career as a cinematographer on numerous films and documentaries depicting the struggles of impoverished people. His films have been shown around the world garnering six major nominations.

Select Filmography
"Lost Boys of Sudan" (2003), THE ISLAND PRESIDENT (2011)

Print Source

This film is presented with the generous support of CAROL and DAVID SKIRBALL.

Community Partners

Earth Day Coalition

Global Ties Akron

Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

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