Lots to learn and to enjoy at the same time in the movie,
This review is from: The Island President (DVD)
"The Island President" (2011 release; 101 min.) is a documentary about the efforts of Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed to tackle climate change. As the movie starts, we get some introductory images of the Maldives (located in the Indian Ocean, slightly south-west of India) and of course you cannot stop but marvel at its beauty. Or as one comentator says "it's where paradise intersects with paradise". But we also get images of the devastation caused by frequent flooding of the islands.
After the introduction, we are then on two parallel tracks: first, how Nasheed came pretty much out of nowhere and defeated the then existing dictatorship in an unexpected but decisive victory (In believe in 2007 or 2008). Second, how Nasheed is determined to bring the plight of the low-lying Maldives to the attention of the world. It all leads up to the last 30 min,. of the movie where world leaders gather in Kopenhagen for the Climate Change U.N. Summit in December, 2009.
Several comments: this movie teaches us a lot, and yet is also entertaining. Nasheed is the charmer from start to finish and altough he is as every bit determined and convinced of the climate change issue than Al Gore in his "Convenient Truth" documentary 10 years ago, Nasheed never comes across as condenscending or worse. It needs to be mentioned again that the movie has the (unintended, I hope) consequence of being a travelogue of sorts for the Maldives. I want to visit that place! Next, the movie features a number of instrumental music from various Radiohead songs (in particluar from Kid A), and you just know that Radiohead would never agree to this, unless they believe in the movie and the cause. Last but not least,watch out for the "updates" on where these main players now are, you will be very surprised. Meanwhile, "The Island President " is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!