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February 28, 2013
Nice documentary about an island nation that will be under water in one hundred years.
February 16, 2013
The Island President documentary film produced by Actual Films, based in San Francisco, and directed by Jon Shenk. The film won Cadillac People's Choice Documentary Award at Toronto International Film Festival.

The documentary follows the former President Mohamed Nasheed of Republic of the Maldives, as he faces the country that has just come out of the grip from despot dictator Abdul Gayoom under fair elections which brought Nasheed as new president, Nasheed struggles to persuade global powers at upcoming Copenhagen Summit on global warming to reduce carbon emission, lest his country would sink down in coming years.

Good documentary, that begins with fresh glimpses of the aesthetic scenery of islands of Maldives and its tantalizing waters. Somewhat fair deal of documentary that is only gala when it's got to be.
January 18, 2013
Somewhat interesting history but got pretty boring, even if you are quite into preventing climate change.
January 14, 2013
It starts of interesting, but soon crashes down into a pile of political crap. Not at all as intriguing as it was made out to be. There are no surprises in this film, and if anything in it really surprises it is the optimism of the people that made the film about the contribution they are making to the world of cinematic entertainment.
This movie is a total downer, and I say that with the utmost enthusiasm for indi style films. It Left me wanting for substance.
½ January 1, 2013
Wanted to see it, but could not watch more than 10 minutes for some reason.
December 29, 2012
With the Island President, both US and India finally had to bring down President Nasheed and therefore the Feb Coup in the Maldives.
December 27, 2012
Best Documentary film I've watched so far...
½ December 27, 2012
An interesting foray into the politics of global environment change
½ December 14, 2012
The genuineness in his demeanor and simplicity in his message of the stark reality of global warming facing his tiny island nation is stunning! A courageous leader with little to no leverage, having to face the ignorant, self-serving behemoths of the world. A good film!
December 11, 2012
Wanted to watch the movie so bad...
December 9, 2012
"Ring-side seat" at a fascinating David-vs.-Goliath(s) political battle. Could spend more time detailing who is pulling which strings and why. Could do more to explain "what happens now?" for the Maldives.
½ December 1, 2012
As a documentary it points out some pretty good points. As a movie to watch it was pretty difficult. Thanks for telling me things I didn't already know. Oh wait, I did know them!
November 27, 2012
Loved it, for a country that is so small he really rallied others to assist in this race against climate change.
November 25, 2012
As (former) president of the world's lowest lying country -- the beautiful island paradise of The Maldives (Google this place!) -- Mohamed Nasheed made it part of his presidential and civil duty to educate the world's population about the importance of world climate change. His nation is at risk of disappearing off of the face of the globe if the world doesn't wisen up ... and making it a political issue places human life at risk. I had wished the film was a bit more focused on climate change as much of it appears to be a PR piece for Nasheed (who made enemies). If you don't want to believe in climate change, check out the natural beauty of the Maldives and realize that they could be gone one day. Fact ... the oceans are rising and these islands are disappearing.
November 24, 2012
An exceptional movie about an exceptional human being and an exceptional circumstance (climate change). Please watch this movie.
November 12, 2012
A totally different view of a failed dictator in disguise.
November 3, 2012
Excellent documentary. Had the privilege of seeing this in Australia and after the viewing, President Mohamed Nasheed spoke live to the audience via satellite.
Very moving and addressed a lot of issues including the amazing efforts of the President and his party and corruption in the Maldives.
November 1, 2012
Mohammed Nasheed's problem is an imaginary one, which is really too bad given the Maldives is a hotbed of Islamic radicalism. The world could certainly do with one fewer of those.
½ October 31, 2012
A worthless and annoying propaganda film for the weak minded members of the cult of man made climate doom - sure to appeal to all the cognitively and scientifically challenged types in the arts who typically write most of the reviews on here. Will not appeal to anyone who is not in the climate cult.
October 30, 2012
Love the movie. Sad that he has to step down...
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