The Island President
The Island President (2012)

The Island President is the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced - the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. After bringing… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: March 28, 2012
DVD Release Date: November 13, 2012
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An eye-opening and appealing documentary about an earnest politician up against the closed door drama of climate change.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

The Island President is an important portrait of a determined man standing fast in a place where the ground is literally shifting beneath his feet.

Tom Long
Detroit News

Nasheed is indeed inspirational, a cool-headed but passionate and courageous guy. You end up wishing a lot more leaders were like this guy.

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Nathan Southern
TV Guide

One only hopes that the documentary will help advance Nasheed's mission and inspire others to join arms out of shared ecological concern.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Climate-change documentaries are almost always disturbing, but "The Island President" communicates a special urgency.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Shenk expertly weaves Nasheed's extraordinary personal story together with the Maldives' breathtaking natural beauty and a Capra-esque tale of dogged idealism and political courage to create wonderfully vivid cinematic portraiture.

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Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto

A fascinating look at an extraordinary personality.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

[An] engaging, gorgeously photographed documentary.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

What makes Nasheed's whirligig tactics so urgent is that, unlike most other countries participating in the summit, his own nation is actually in danger of being annihilated by climate change.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

The haunting "How to Disappear Completely" plays over the closing credits. If Nasheed isn't able to wake up the world to his country's plight, in a few decades, that could be the new Maldives national anthem.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
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In the simultaneously inspiring and harrowing documentary "The Island President," Mohamed Nasheed was elected to the presidency of the Maldives, a… More
Jesse Ortega
This an incredibly fascinating and, quite frankly, inspiring documentary about President Mohamed Nasheed's battle to bring to the Maldive Islands'… More