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Review: 'The Island President' Is An Amazing Look At How Small Islands Could Affect Big Change

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 29, 2012 5:30 PM
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In the beautiful, meditative new documentary "The Island President," we're introduced to Mohamed Nasheed, the democratically elected president of a chain of 2,000 islands in the Indian Ocean known as The Maldives. After three decades of tyrannical rule, the islands gained democratic independence, nominated Nasheed, and found their calling in the world – to expose the catastrophe of global warming by example. The Maldives, Nasheed explains, are slowly disappearing into the ocean. It's a truth loaded with symbolic and literal weight – in the face of global warming, the entire culture of the Maldives could be lost forever, here one day, gone the next.

Watch: Exclusive Clip From The Documentary 'The Island President' Featuring Music By Radiohead

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2012 9:56 AM
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If you haven't heard about "The Island President" yet, you soon will. The documentary from filmmaker Jon Shenk ("Lost Boys Of Sudan") premiered at Telluride last year and from there headed to Toronto where it picked up a People's Choice Award for Best Documentary. Since then, the film has played a handful of festivals on the way to its release next month, but it has been picking up additional attention thanks to recent events that are making "This Island President" more relevant than ever.

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