The Island President Synopsis
The president of the Maldive Islands tries to save his country from the effects of global warming.
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Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
Nasheed has traveled the world describing the Maldives as the Poland of global warming - meaning, of course, Poland in 1939. If his country...
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80

Boxoffice Magazine

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A gripping new documentary that's essential viewing for anybody who believes that the impact of global warming is tomorrow's problem.
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80

Total Film

Nasheed may be a small fish in a big geopolitical pond, but his enterprise and optimism are a welcome complement to eco doc doom and gloom.
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The Guardian

By Peter Bradshaw
Could Nasheed be the political Prospero to save the island – and the planet? Well, now he is out of power, and the Copenhagen summit was a...
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80

Empire

By Patrick Peters
A fascinating insight into the disparity between rich and poor, and powerful nations and their less muscle-flexing neighbours. And, unless...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
A mostly compelling documentary about that rarest of breeds, an appealing politician.
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75

Slant Magazine

By Andrew Schenker
The film successfully positions its point of view with the developing countries that suffer the most immediate consequences of global...
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Jon Shenk's fascinating documentary feature The Island President personalizes the threat of global warming, and nationalizes it too, by...
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70

The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
The hope that infuses this movie makes it all the more upsetting to walk out of the theater and contemplate a looming disaster that the...
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60

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
It's fascinating to be so close to a then-sitting head of state as he negotiates for his homeland's survival, and the news that Nasheed was...
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Rated PG | For Thematic Elements, Some Violent Content and Smoking