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The Island President (2011)

Mohamed Nasheed , Jon Shenk  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mohamed Nasheed
  • Directors: Jon Shenk
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2012
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00914EUM0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,275 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Grade: A... An amazing look at how small islands could affect big change. --Drew Taylor, Indiewire's The Playlist

Critic's Pick! 3 stars out of 4 ... Wonderfully vivid cinematic portraiture. A riveting, visually dazzling film. --Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

Powerful... Compelling and thought provoking. THE ISLAND PRESIDENT is heartening and unsettling by turns. --Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

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{Winner! Toronto Int'l Film Festival, People's Choice Award for Documentary}

{Winner! Sundance Institute, Hilton LightStay Sustainability Award}

A film about one man's mission to save his nation and perhaps the planet, THE ISLAND PRESIDENT is a riveting, uplifting story that is impossible to take your eye off of.

President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives is confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced - the survival of his country and everyone in it. Nasheed, who brought democracy to the Maldives after decades of despotic rule, now faces an even greater challenge: as one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives and make them uninhabitable. A classic David and Goliath tale, THE ISLAND PRESIDENT captures Nasheed's battle to stop global warming - and save his country.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Our world's last hope 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
"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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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational story of a couragous person 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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Island President 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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5.0 out of 5 stars definitely worth the time to watch September 8, 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars uh oh 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Overseeing a nation's future
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. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ian Gordon Malcomson
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the watch
An interesting look at an interesting situation. It's a shame he had to step down from power, would have been nice if the filmmaker explained more about this in the piece.
Published 16 months ago by Timothy Day
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots to learn and to enjoy at the same time in the movie
"The Island President" (2011 release; 101 min.) is a documentary about the efforts of Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed to tackle climate change. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Paul Allaer
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening
This is an amazing story and entertaining too watch. I definitely recommend watching it. It is visually stunning as well.
Published 17 months ago by Raintoine
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this movie
I loved this documentary. Well done (Perhaps a bit slow in the middle) but otherwise fabulous. Highly recommended. I learned quite a bit.
Published 17 months ago by CE
4.0 out of 5 stars worth a look
The sad reality of the climate change debacle unfolds before your eyes in this story, from indignant developing nations (India, Brazil, China) to the stalwart Island President of... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Chris Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars The film, the island president, a warning
This film is a wake up call made personal by the president of the Maldives. It is happening there, and we need to pay heed to the issue made known by Al Gore years ago. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jennifer Lindsay-tevelow
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