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The Island President -- Follow the globe-trotting journey of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, the lowest-lying country in the world, who, after bringing democracy to his country, takes up the fight to keep it from disappearing under the sea.


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30 March 2012 (Ireland) See more »
Can this man save the world?
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. | Add synopsis »
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Great insight in global politics regarding environmental issues See more (8 total) »



Mohamed Nasheed ... Himself

Directed by
Jon Shenk 
Produced by
Richard Berge .... producer
Bonni Cohen .... producer
Jon Else .... executive producer
Craig Hickerson .... associate producer
Russell Long .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Marco D'Ambrosio 
Cinematography by
Jon Shenk 
Film Editing by
Pedro Kos 
Sound Department
Jamie Branquinho .... sound effects editor
Michael Jones .... sound recordist
Chase Keehn .... post-production sound
James Lebrecht .... post-production sound
Dan Olmsted .... post-production sound
Patti Tauscher .... post-production sound
Visual Effects by
John Atkinson .... motion graphic artist
Jonathan Golles .... motion graphic artist
Andy Murdock .... motion graphic artist
Drew Takahashi .... motion graphic artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas C. Miller .... aerial operator
Editorial Department
Leo Hallal .... colorist
Jonathan Liebert .... digital cinema mastering
Music Department
Doug Bernheim .... music supervisor
John-Henry Dale .... composer: additional music
Basil Moore .... composer: additional music (as Basil Moore-Asfouri)
Other crew
Justine Jacob .... legal counsel
Richard J. Lee .... legal counsel
Giovanni Lopez .... insurance broker
Brad Dirk Martin .... boat captain

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Rated PG for thematic elements, some violent content and smoking
USA:101 min
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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.See more »
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Great insight in global politics regarding environmental issues, 10 April 2013
Author: melv_89 from Netherlands

I seriously don't get why this documentary scores this low on IMDb. But then again, I've seen weirder ratings on here. Good, to get to the point:

Some call this docu a propaganda film for environmentalists, or for the "island president" himself. Fair enough. But is that necessarily a 'bad' thing? In my opinion, this docu gives a great insight in the complexities (and, perhaps, to an extent the impossibilities) of global governance of environmental issues. I do not think this docu actually leaves you with a positive feeling on how to tackle environmental problems, if ever. Nevertheless, it does provide you a very compelling story of a man who tries to make a difference, though be it a tiny, tiny difference. The island president's role is comparable to that of little David trying to fight gigantic, grotesque Goliath.

A very compelling docu that, I think, you should have seen if you're interested in high-level politics.

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