The Island President 2012 PG CC

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THE ISLAND PRESIDENT tells the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced.

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1 hour 42 minutes

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The Island President

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Genres Documentary
Director Jon Shenk
Studio Gravitas Ventures
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Meanwhile, "The Island President " is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Paul Allaer
Climate change or global warming has finally been shown to be a solemn reality that the world at large can no longer ignore if it hopes to build for the future.
Ian Gordon Malcomson
I think all the data was dead on and that I love how they showed beautiful footage of the Maldives and went into the history of the Maldives thirty years ago.
Dr. Strange

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Strange on September 30, 2012
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I loved how I could stream this movie from Amazon. I have been trying to find this movie for a very long time! I finally found it! Though, the resolution from this stream is not that good, just being able to watch the movie when no other site has it, is awesome in itself! Thank You Amazon! God Bless You!

As for the movie, I think it covers a great deal about climate change and global warming. I think all the data was dead on and that I love how they showed beautiful footage of the Maldives and went into the history of the Maldives thirty years ago. I think that the world will need someone like president Nasheed to prevent the world from going under, unless we somehow find a way to live underwater or in space, then we truly need some like Nasheed. If I am spelling the name wrong, go ahead and correct me, but I have just got to say, for those who are majors in environmental science,politics, or meteorology, or who have a degree in these fields, this is a much watch film! Or those who are just want to know how to prevent global warming, know more about it, or the Maldives, I would still highly recommend this film!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tsuyoshi TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 21, 2013
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"The Island President" follows the real-life story of a man who stands up against all odds to do the right thing ... and he did it more than once. The documentary is about Mohamed Nasheed, President of the Republic of the Maldives, the world's lowest country that currently faces a big threat from climate change and a rise in sea levels. For Mohamed Nasheed, however, global warming is not the only thing that he has to fight against.

The beautifully-shot documentary is basically about this charming person, whose political career started when writing an article for a political magazine "Sangu" in 1990. Though arrested and imprisoned by the government, he went on to help form the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), and later became the president of the country in 2008. "The Island President" is part about the history of the Republic of the Maldives, and Mohamed Nasheed as a politician.

The film also follows the activities of the president before and during United Nations Climate Change Conference in 2009. The film allows the viewers to catch a glimpse of the political tug of war between the nations.

You may say, "Why 3.5 stars, not five?" There are two reasons. As the film's postscript suggests, Mohamed Nasheed's story still continues, with several major incidents that happened after the film is completed. Also, I think the film needs more facts about the environmental conditions about the islands so that we understand the serious situations the country is in. How bad are things getting there? We want to know more.

Don't get me wrong. Watching "The Island President" is an informative and eye-opening experience. Still I think we need a broader perspective to understand the man and what is going on in the Maldives. In short, the film simply needs more time, or a "sequel."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PIERRE DUVAIR on December 22, 2012
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I found this documentary to be a very inspiring story of a man that has persevered hard times and is willing to stand up for what he believes in....the survival of his people and their history & culture. It is both a sad story and yet one of hope, that people like this Island President exist and flourish for brief times in human history. Let's hope the commitments he helped achieve in Copenhagen lead to some real actions on the part of governments to address climate change.
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By Gwen W. on September 15, 2013
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A great film that everyone should see. So many have no clue of how climate change creates problems for others so far away.
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This was a great documentary about the Maldives and their struggle with climate change. Showed the struggles and politics behind climate control.
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By lucyjane on August 9, 2013
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As the poet John Donne once wrote, "No man is an island." "The Island President" is a visually and conceptually stunning documentary. A fascinating, beautifully realized film that should be required viewing for all citizens of our planet. As Robert De Niro once said "You talkin' to me?" Yes, I am. I'm talkin' to you.
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"The Island President" is a documentary about the attempts circa 2009 to influence world powers to address climate change. This charge is spearheaded by the Maldives, a tiny island nation (only 8 smaller nations exist) in the Indian Ocean that has experienced considerable erosion of their coastlines due to climate change. Their new President, Mohamed Nasheed, declared that climate change is his number one concern and that the Maldives will disappear within a few decades if it is not addressed. He attends the 2009 Copenhagen talks, hoping (unrealistically) to sway India, China, and the United States.

Obviously, the focus of this documentary is on global warming - some of the material presented may be questioned by certain audiences. However, this rich film still offers a great deal to interest viewers, whatever their positions on climate change. For example, a bit of time is devoted to Nasheed's history; he was a political prisoner of the previous regime. We see as he attempts to turn his country into a true democracy, which is laden with obstacles, including an economy hit hard by the decreasing fishing industry. His job is not a glamorous one; he works hard and has to score points where he can, which sometimes seem like desperate attention-seeking (e.g., holding an underwater cabinet meeting).

I also greatly enjoyed scenes at the Copenhagen talks, where the Nasheed is politely received most of the time but clearly in over his head (pun not intended). The Chinese attache, for example, has to ask the President's staff which person is the President (after mistaking him several times for the leader of Sudan). The exasperated looks on their faces is priceless but also a bit sad. Nasheed clearly cares about his country, wants to do well, and is a bright and energetic man, but developing countries have such an uphill battle. It all makes for a fascinating watch, helped along with the inclusion of several Radiohead songs.
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