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      The Island President

      PG Released Mar 28, 2012 1h 41m Documentary List
      98% Tomatometer 49 Reviews 77% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings Mohamed Nasheed, president of the Maldive Islands, works tirelessly to save his country from the ravages of global climate change. Read More Read Less

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      An eye-opening and appealing documentary about an earnest politician up against the closed door drama of climate change.

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      Radheyan Simonpillai NOW Toronto A fascinating look at an extraordinary personality. Rated: 3/5 Jun 15, 2012 Full Review Peter Howell Toronto Star The Island President is an important portrait of a determined man standing fast in a place where the ground is literally shifting beneath his feet. Rated: 2.5/4 Jun 14, 2012 Full Review Louise Gray Daily Telegraph (UK) If you are in a fight, you want this man on your side. He is charismatic, brave and most of all entirely believes in what he is what he is doing. I'm not sure he know the meaning of the word compromise. Jun 1, 2012 Full Review Jordan M. Smith Pairing these striking visuals with a fitting soundtrack...The Island President makes for a polished piece of documentary work that paints its subject as a stifled martyr. Feb 9, 2020 Full Review Mattie Lucas From the Front Row A smart and engaging portrait of a man for whom this issue hits closer to home than anyone, illustrating a tremendous issue that is now too big, and no longer able, to be ignored. Rated: 3/4 Aug 6, 2019 Full Review Naila Scargill Trebuchet The Hilton LightStay Sustainability Award, part of a programme in association with the Sundance Institute, is given to films that heighten sustainability awareness. And they could not have picked a better candidate than The Island President. Feb 28, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      rory s Very informative and thought provoking story. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member The tiny island nation of Maldives is rapidly vanishing thanks to rising sea levels, and its leader-now ex-leader-Mohamed Nasheed is doing everything he can to coerce the world's superpowers to do something about it. That's the story behind Jon Shenk's documentary, The Island President. It's a David vs. Goliath tale of epic proportions and of colossal importance. But something gets lost in translation from the real world to the screen. There isn't a story out there more worthy of documentary treatment than The Island President; The mainstream press is much more interested in shit American politicians say than actual global crises. But Shenk manages to strip Nasheed's struggle to save his nation and its people of any and all cinematic qualities. There's no suspense, no real narrative arc, no character identification-nothing. One of the main problems is that the film is essentially a two-hour interview with one man, and no matter how noble he and his cause are, he remains a politician at heart. He's just a little too polished to come across as genuine, and maybe that's my predisposition to distrusting politicians creeping in, but if you compare this film to a documentary like Exit Through the Gift Shop (or even something minor like Morgan Spurlock's Comic-Con doc), there's very little that feels off-the-cuff. Though Nasheed is clearly speaking from the heart, his sense of urgency doesn't come through. You can't blame an interview subject for a bad interview, however. Shenk should have poked and prodded. In lieu of that, it's his job to punch the film up with some directorial flare, but everything in The Island President feels flat. It's a film that I suspected would be right up my alley. I'm a big politics buff, and the environment is probably the issue I feel most passionately about. But The Island President is a sleepy film that can't hide behind its earnestness for long. It wasn't but 30 minutes before I started checking my watch, and nothing that happened after that point stopped my slide toward dissatisfaction. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review bob s Try telling this guy climate change isn't real! I dare you! Enlightening and depressing. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I liked to see this documentary looking at one man trying to deliver on a promise to his people to others to care/change global policies that will help curtail global warming issues. Touching and tragic. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Audience Member We blame China for being the biggest contributeur of CO2, but why are they where they are today to begin with? There are some people whose lives are at stake because of our need of endless consumption. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member this man is very passionate about the climate change cause and you really want him to succede Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis Mohamed Nasheed, president of the Maldive Islands, works tirelessly to save his country from the ravages of global climate change.
      Jon Shenk
      Bonni Cohen, Richard Berge
      Samuel Goldwyn Company
      Production Co
      ITVS (Independent Television S, Actual Films
      PG (Thematic Elements|Some Violent Content|Smoking)
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Mar 28, 2012, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 25, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      1h 41m
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