The Island President


Trying to keep the Maldives from sinking

After bringing democracy to an island nation that had suffered under dictatorship, President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives faces a new challenge: if warming sea waters keep rising, his low-lying homeland will disappear under the Indian Ocean.

Jon Shenk’s documentary follows the plucky Pres as he takes this inconvenient truth to the 2009 Copenhagen climate summit in an attempt to convince superpowers to curb their carbon emissions.

Nasheed may be a small fish in a big geopolitical pond, but his enterprise and optimism are a welcome complement to eco doc doom and gloom.

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    • FBSHarrigan

      Mar 25th 2012, 19:21

      This is going to be a well thought out look at the effects of global warming? Well, imagine looking at global warming from the perspective of people of the people who would actually be affected by it. This will be a refreshing change of pace from apocalyptic views of global warming. Here is the story of a good man who cares about his people and has to handle the burden of being a leader. His home will be destroyed and his people will be homeless if he does not address these concerns. This is a wonderful take on environmentalist film; that is taking it from a human standpoint. If executed well, this could have great emotional impact, if not to enact change, then simply as a story. Hopefully this will not turn out to be another disaster movie in the making and hopes are very high. This is movie should get people to empathize with those affected by the environment, not attempt to scare them like The Day After Tomorrow.

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