Please join Three Degrees for this Friday’s premiere screening of The Island President. Part of Seattle’s International Film Festival, The Island President is a film about a remarkable man, the Maldives’ President, Mohammed Nasheed. At 1.5 meters above sea level, his country—the Maldives—is facing an unimaginable future. Democracy and coastlines are equally threatened, making Nasheed one of the most vocal and one of the most tested climate justice leaders in the world. This film changes everything you think you know about climate change.
This Friday night’s 7:15 p.m. screening will feature a post-screening Skype conversation with its award-winning Director, Jon Shenk.
May 4–17, SIFF Cinema Uptown (511 Queen Anne Avenue North in Seattle)
Tickets: $10 | $5 SIFF Members | $9 Youth (20 & under) and Seniors (65+)
Matinees: $7 | $5 SIFF Members
SIFF Cinema passes and vouchers are valid at the box office.
* If you’re out of town, check The Island President’s website for a screening near you.
From director Jon Shenk (The Lost Boys of Sudan) comes the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. After bringing democracy to the Maldives after thirty years of despotic rule, Nasheed 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 enough to make them uninhabitable.
The Island President captures Nasheed’s first year of office, culminating in his trip to the Copenhagen Climate Summit, where the film provides a rare glimpse of the political horse-trading that goes on at such a top-level global assembly. Nasheed is unusually candid about revealing his strategies—leveraging the Maldives’ underdog position as a tiny country, harnessing the power of media, and overcoming deadlocks through an appeal to unity with other developing nations. Despite the modest size of his country, Mohamed Nasheed has become one of the leading international voices for urgent action on climate change.
On February 7, 2012, Nasheed was forced to resign the presidency under the threat of violence in a coup d’etat perpetrated by security forces loyal to the former dictator. The future of the president, and the island, remain unclear.