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4.0 out of 5 stars (3.5 STARS) An Interesting Documentary That Needs More Time, October 21, 2013
This review is from: The Island President (DVD)
"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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