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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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Jon Shenk
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Mohamed Nasheed ... Himself
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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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Can this man save the world?

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Documentary

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Rated PG for thematic elements, some violent content and smoking | See all certifications »
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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Les Maldives: le combat d'un président See more »

Filming Locations:

Copenhagen, Denmark See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$13,998, 30 March 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$75,233, 20 May 2012
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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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Morning Bell
Written by Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Colin Greenwood and Phil Selway
Performed by Radiohead
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Great insight in global politics regarding environmental issues
10 April 2013 | by melv_89See all my reviews

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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