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  • Follow the story of one man's fight to save his country and possibly the world.

    Follow the story of one man's fight to save his country and possibly the world.

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  • Still from The Island President

    Still from The Island President

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  • President Mohamed Nasheed is mobbed by the press following his speech at a 350.org rally.

    President Mohamed Nasheed is mobbed by the press following his speech at a 350.org rally.

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  • President Mohamed Nasheed greets residents of an island in the northern Maldives.

    President Mohamed Nasheed greets residents of an island in the northern Maldives.

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  • President Mohamed Nasheed

    President Mohamed Nasheed

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  • President Mohamed Nasheed visits an island in the northern Maldives.

    President Mohamed Nasheed visits an island in the northern Maldives.

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  • Aerial photograph of a corner of Male', the capital city of the Maldives

    Aerial photograph of a corner of Male', the capital city of the Maldives

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  • Aerial view showing the density of Male', the capital of the Maldives

    Aerial view showing the density of Male', the capital of the Maldives

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The Film

The Island President lifts the issue of global warming out of the theoretical and into the personal. President Mohamed Nasheed is trying to prevent 385,000 people from drowning. His nation of 1,200 low-lying islands, the Maldives, is sinking into the Indian Ocean as sea levels rise due to global warming. Climate change experts say that some of the islands will be submerged within 20 years, threatening the lives of the largely impoverished inhabitants as well as inundating the lavish resorts that dot the islands. Nasheed’s unprecedented contingency plan is to move his entire population to a new homeland. As he conducts serious discussions about this with Sri Lanka and Australia, Nasheed is doing all he can to prevent this looming disaster by trying to convince world leaders to halt global warming.

The Island President is a little like a non-fiction Mr. Smith Goes to Washington elevated to the world stage. The filmmakers received exclusive access to follow President Nasheed as he prepared over several months for the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Summit in December. The terms of the 1997 Kyoto Treaty on Climate Change were about to expire, and leaders from around the world converged on Copenhagen to hammer out a new treaty with renewed urgency. Go behind the scenes with President Nasheed as he tries to convince world leaders to finally take serious action against looming danger of climate change. The stakes couldn’t be higher for President Nasheed, who may be faced with the last chance to save his homeland, and the world.

The Filmmakers

  1. Jon ShenkDirector
  2. Bonni CohenProducer
  3. Richard BergeProducer