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.
The documentary is a chronicle of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, the pro-democracy leader who helped oust the brutal regime of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. But that just be the beginning of his story, as he soon became faced with the reality that the islands themselves are in grave danger due to rising ocean levels that could render them uninhabitable unless something is done. And thus begins another journey, with Nasheed working with other countries to try and bring down carbon emissions to stop the rising waters. But earlier this month, the story took another twist when Nasheed was removed from power in a violent coup, with his supporters tear gassed and beaten.
Radiohead have lent the movie a wealth of tunes to support the cause, and get the word out about the film. Below, we have an exclusive clip from the movie with Mohamed Nasheed describing some of the struggles he faced in trying to enact change. “The Island President” begins rolling out on March 28th opening in New York City with San Francisco following on March 30th and Los Angeles on April 6th. You can see when it will come near you by hitting the film’s official website and keep to update on the latest on Nasheed and events in the Maldives on the Facebook page. Watch below.