Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, April 27, 2012 – Sunday, April 29, 2012

 Detroit Film Theatre

(USA/2011—directed by Jon Shenk)

Winner of the coveted People’s Choice Award for Best Documentary at the Toronto International Film Festival, The Island President is the astonishing story of the first year in office of 41-year-old President Nasheed of the Maldives, a dedicated man (and former political prisoner under the Maldives' previous, repressive regime) confronting a problem greater in its way than any other world leader has ever faced – the impending submersion of his country and everyone in it beneath the ocean’s surface. Considered the lowest lying country in the world, a rise of a mere three meters in sea level would inundate the Maldives, rendering the fantastically beautiful country – a virtual Shangri-la of turquoise reefs, beaches and cities composed of 1,200 coral islands arrayed across 400 miles of open sea – completely uninhabitable. Unfortunately, the sea has already measurably begun creeping upward. Unless dramatic changes in the global climate are made by the other nations of the world, the Maldives, like a modern Atlantis, will soon disappear under the waves. Far more than just another warning about carbon emissions, however, The Island President is a powerful and moving portrait of the tenacity of a single individual fighting a seemingly insurmountable problem, and forging previously unimaginable alliances to make it happen. In English and Dhivehi with English subtitles. (101 min.)
"An inspiring, visually rich portrait. Nasheed won an election. He should help The Island President win awards." –David D'Arcy, Screen Daily
"In the face of rising sea levels, the Maldive Islands are the Alamo, and President Nasheed is their Davy Crockett. This inspiring documentary virtually ensures 'Remember the Maldives!' will become a rallying cry in the fight against global warming. Compelling, stunning and superb." –Peter Debruge, Variety

Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28 at 7:00 PM

Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 PM