The Island President

2011| PG| 101 mins|

Screening Dates:
Sat 28 October 3:30pm

Transition Town Film Festival
Transition is a national movement, which is about transforming the community to make it more self-reliant and sustainable. Join us on Sat 28 October for their first film festival, with two screenings that highlight global climate change, The Island President and Ice And The Sky, along with lively conversation and debate. Be part of your community as it comes together to re-imagine and rebuild for the future.

Tickets for each screening are £2.50 each  for adults, with accompanied children (Under 16) free. There will be a debate taking place at 2pm between the screenings – this is free entry when you book for either film but you will need to reserve your seat – click here to book your place.

Director: Jon Shenk

Jon Shenk’s The Island President is the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced—the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. After bringing democracy to the Maldives after thirty years of despotic rule, Nasheed is now faced with an even greater challenge: as one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives enough to make them uninhabitable.

The Island President captures Nasheed’s first year of office, culminating in his trip to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, where the film provides a rare glimpse of the political horse-trading that goes on at such a top-level global assembly. Nasheed is unusually candid about revealing his strategies—leveraging the Maldives’ underdog position as a tiny country, harnessing the power of media, and overcoming deadlocks through an appeal to unity with other developing nations. When hope fades for a written accord to be signed, Nasheed makes a stirring speech which salvages an agreement. Despite the modest size of his country, Mohamed Nasheed has become one of the leading international voices for urgent action on climate change.


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