The Island President (2011)
Getting the Word Out
This documentary follows Mohamed Nasheed the (then) president of the Republic of Maldives on his quest to generate the necessary attention and subsequent policy measures required to help prevent his country from being swallowed up by climate change. The Maldives, a collections of islands in the Indian Ocean, is home to aprx. 350, 000 (human) inhabitants all of whom are in danger of becoming climate refugees as global temperatures increase and ocean waters rise.
Treading the Political Currents
The film does a good job of capturing the president’s energy and sentiments, and follows him to a UN Summit where he does his best to advocate for combating climate change. Mr. Nasheed himself had already struggled immensely for political freedom in the Maldives and spent a number of years in prison for his political beliefs.
Behind Bars Once Again
As of February 23, 2015: President Nasheed was literally dragged before the Maldives Criminal Court, where police were ordered to keep him locked up until the end of his trial.
In an unfortunate turn of events, the democratically elected Mr. Nasheed has once again found himself in a prison cell since the filming of this documentary. A coup d’etat, orchestrated by police and military personnel urged on by a faction of individuals loyal to the former Maldive dictator, forced Mr. Nasheed to resign at gunpoint. He is now serving time for some politically motivated charges that are being decried by Amnesty International and the international community at large.