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The Island President

  PG HD Closed Captioning

Jon Shenk

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Plot Summary

THE ISLAND PRESIDENT tells 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. Nasheed brought democracy to the Maldives after thirty years of despotic rule but he 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 and make them uninhabitable. A classic David and Goliath tale, THE ISLAND PRESIDENT captures Nasheed's battle to stop and reverse global warming, culminating in his trip to the Copenhagen Climate Sumitt in 2009 where the film provides a rare and unprecedented glimpse at Nasheed's electrifying and passionate behind the scenes exchanges with the heads of state attending this top-level global assembly. A film about one man's mission to save his nation and perhaps the planet, THE ISLAND PRESIDENT is a riveting, uplifting story that is impossible to take your eye off of.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 46
  • Fresh: 45
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The hope that infuses this movie makes it all the more upsetting to walk out of the theater and contemplate a looming disaster that the world's leaders seem unable to prevent. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Mar 28, 2012

Fresh: "The Island President"is heartening and unsettling by turns. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Apr 5, 2012

Fresh: A portrait of defiant optimism as a last-chance means of survival, Jon Shenk's The Island President offers not only a Mandela-like tale of political heroism but a much-needed perspective on climate change. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, Mar 28, 2012

Fresh: Shenk's film is close enough to his subject to catch the leader who rails against carbon-dioxide emissions puffing on cigarettes in parking lots. – Melissa Anderson, Village Voice, Mar 27, 2012

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Customer Reviews

who exactly

is the idiot that thinks global warming is a hoax. very compelling movie

Compelling documentary about a small country facing its extinction.

If nothing else, the shots of the ocean and the island are gorgeous and vivid.


Yes Ann 112 shows that Ignorance is truly bliss. What is your excuse for wasting your money and time?

The Island President
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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2012

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