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“The Island President” Sentenced to 13 Years; Can U.S. Film Activists Make a Difference?

"The Island President" Sentenced to 13 Years; Can U.S. Film Activists Make a Difference?

Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed, the central figure in the highly acclaimed documentary “The Island President,” was sentenced to 13 years in prison Friday after being convicted of a terrorism charge, according to AFP.
Despite outcry among documentary filmmakers, and political and climate-change activists, Nasheed was convicted and then taken to Dhoonidhoo prison, near the capital island Male.
According to the AFP, Nasheed was defiant. “I appeal to all of you today to stay courageous and strong, to confront the dictatorial power of this regime,” his office quoted him as saying.
Local media reported that after the ruling police clashed with pro-Nasheed protesters across Male. International supporters have taken to Twitter to show their support for Nasheed and their anger towards the ruling party. 

Last week, several documentary filmmakers and activists signed an open letter calling for Nasheed’s release. Now, it seems, Nasheed supporters will have to rely on pressure from India and other nations closer to the region.

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