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The Island President (2011)

PG  |   |  Documentary  |  30 March 2012 (UK)
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After bringing democracy to his country, President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, the lowest-lying country in the world, takes up the fight to keep his homeland from disappearing under the sea.

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After bringing democracy to his country, President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, the lowest-lying country in the world, takes up the fight to keep his homeland from disappearing under the sea.

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Les Maldives: le combat d'un président  »

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Maldives Minister: [Talking to a journalist on the phone] I do not even like the term negotiate. There is nothing to negotiate with the environment.
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A lovely documentary and not a misrepresentation.
21 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

Okay. Let me just tell you something about Mohamed Nasheed's presidency as voiced by an actual Maldivian.

I don't know who this user Princess Lamha Fathina is, or where she got her information about how the people of Maldives ousted him out of his post.

But just to set the record straight, from someone who was actually there when the whole thing took place; President Nasheed was forced to step down from his post because of a bloody coup!

The police force of Maldives turned against him at the behest of another political figure who was rumored to be bribing them and they were the ones who brutalized civilians in order to make this happen. There are several videos of it on you-tube for god's sake!

And I saw it happen with my own eyes!

He was the first democratic president of Maldives and the youth and anyone who wasn't brainwashed by the former dictator of Maldives (who corrupted the country for a good forty years) loved him.

Be it, he made a few blunders during his run, but he was the first one to opt for a revolution. And one of his first priorities was the fragile environment of Maldives.

This movie highlights the good he has done and it is definitely not in any way a misrepresentation of what he was doing.

Oh, and thank you Princess Lamha Fathina for differentiating us little Asian people from you "westerners". But please, the next time you take a stand for something; at least get your facts right.

I don't make any comments about George W. Bush or President Obama even though I hear thousands of rumors; you know why? Because I wasn't actually there or know anything PERSONALLY.

To anyone who's thinking of watching this movie; please do!

It is not only inspiring to Maldivians themselves but also tells people of how delicate this beautiful place actually is.

And all this has been captured wonderfully in this documentary. :)


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