The Island President (PG)


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The Independent Culture

A documentary study in integrity and its dangers.

In 2008 Mohamed Nasheed, a former political prisoner, was elected President of the Maldives in the country's first-ever democratic elections. But there was barely time to celebrate before he was launching a rescue mission – to prevent its low-lying islands sinking, literally, into the ocean. (Global-warming naysayers should take a look at this.)

Cheerful, smart, a little quixotic, Nasheed makes important headway at the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009 and, according to the film's press notes, "has become one of the leading international voices for urgent action on climate change". Alas, no longer – in February, he was forced to resign the Presidency under pressure from the old regime. Talk about a sinking feeling.