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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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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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  • 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.)
  • 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 (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00914EUM0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,865 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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"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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This is somewhat more than the usual "environmentalist" movie. It is that, but also more. I knew really nothing about the Maldives before I watched the movie. What makes the Maldives, and former President Nasheed so significant, is that this is a nation of about 2000 islands (sort of southeast of the tip of India) with an average altitude of about 1.5 metres above sea level. Therefore unfortunately, if the ocean level continues to rise as it probably will, this will be the first nation on earth to be completely eradicated--not just deeply affected but actually obliterated by climate change.
For thirty years it was a dictatorship, complete with fake elections. Momentum for real democracy began building and then, after the great Asian tsunami did severe damage, suddenly tolerance for the "President for life" evaporated, and Nasheed was elected President. He was exactly the right person, at the right place, at the right time, to draw the world's attention to the problem of global warming, his moment peaking at the Copenhagen conference. Sadly, though an agreement was signed nothing was actually done. The world is still waiting it seems, for some larger-scale disaster to finally mobilize into real action. By then, it may be too late for the Maldives, a place which Nasheed describes as "Paradise combined with....Paradise". The scenes, from the air, on land and under the water, truly are beautiful.
Nasheed observes that "We are more than just a nation. We are a civilization; we have our own language; people have lived here for at least 3,000 years--and is it all to be lost?
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This film turned out to be way better than I ever expected. The documentary follows the president of Maldives as he prepares to speak at the Copenhagen climate change conference. That sounds dry and not the least bit interesting, and it really would be if this was a normal president.

Instead the film starts with some of the most incredibly beautiful aerial footage of the Maldives islands. It then moves into how Nasheed became president and the turmoil in the country before that time. What Nasheed went through sets up the critical dramatic background to the Copenhagen summit - his plea to get all countries to agree to 350ppm CO2 and 1.5 degree increase. The film shows politics and leaders of the major countries at their absolute worst - all they know how to do is debate and never do anything.

The film is very well done.
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