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Country: USA, MALDIVES
Run Time: 101 minutes
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.
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
François Cluzet, Omar Sy
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.
"Lost Boys of Sudan" (2003), THE ISLAND PRESIDENT (2011)
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This film is presented with the generous support of CAROL and DAVID SKIRBALL.