The Island President, a 2011 documentary film, chronicles the first year of office for Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed. Facing a number of issues in keeping his country afloat, both literally and figuratively speaking , he tackles climate change on a global scale to aid in his plight to save his country for the ocean waters.
Nasheed faced an uphill battle over the course of the last thirty years, bringing democracy to the country of the Maldives. After his success, he was elected President of the country in 2008, hoped by the people to fix a problem that also threatened their very existence – the ocean.
If the sea level were to rise only a mere three feet, all the islands of the Maldives would become uninhabitable. Nasheed recognized the importance climate control played in this and took his opinions and concerns to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, where the film takes us deep in the negotiations between these political superpowers.
Directed by Jon Shenk, The Island President premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival with great success, claiming the prize of Cadillac’s People’s Choice Award. Recently acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films, the film is set for a limited release in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco later this month. A real issue for many islands worldwide, hopefully this film can draw attention to real concern that everybody can help change.